It’s your final three!
Thousands of votes have been registered over the past four weeks as you, the Derry public, have picked your favourite for the Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
Some big names have come and gone and it is now down to three deserving individuals, each of whom have had a year to remember.
So, who will it be?
Paddy McLaughlin (Football)
It has been an unforgettable year for Paddy McLaughlin and Institute whichever way you look at it. Coming into his first managerial role in the summer following Kevin Deery’s departure, McLaughlin had big shoes to fill.
Whatever happened on the field, no one could have predicted what would happen to the Riverside Stadium, which was incredibly destroyed during storms in August. ‘Stute had to play the first few months of the season away from home and since then they have switched between Wilton Park and the Limavady Showgrounds. Despite this upheaval, ‘McLaughlin has led his team to the top of the Bluefin Championship, where they sit clear with games in hand to play over their opponents, a quite significant achievement for the former defender. ‘Stute may have no home to call their own, but in McLaughlin, they have the right man to guide them through this uncertain time.