JOE Men of the Year Awards 2015: Footballer of the Year sponsored by NIVEA MEN 5 years ago

JOE Men of the Year Awards 2015: Footballer of the Year sponsored by NIVEA MEN

Fingers crossed the winner will be at the Euros next summer.

The most important parts of the tale of Ireland's season will be written over the next few days but whatever way the play-off with Bosnia it turns out, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster.

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From the lows of the draw with Scotland that seemed to end our Euro 2016 qualification chances to the highs of THAT Shane Long goal in the victory over Germany, from which we were brought quickly down to Earth by a 2-1 defeat to Poland in the final game of the group stage.

You certainly can't say it's been uneventful and hopefully come Monday night, we'll all be thinking on France next summer.

Here's who we have nominated as 2015 Footballer of the Year, sponsored by NIVEA MEN; cast your vote at the bottom of the page.

Vote on all JOE Men of the Year categories here

Wes Hoolahan

UEFA European Championship 2016 Qualifying Round, Estadio do Algarve, Faro, Portugal 4/9/2015 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Wes Hoolahan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

If Eamon Dunphy had his way then Hoolahan would get 100% of this vote and while Eamon might not be right all the time, he has a point when it comes to the little magician.

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Ireland are, quite simply, a different team when Hoolahan is in the side and he was magnificent in a number games during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, particularly in the memorable win over Germany at the Aviva.

Seamus Coleman

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier Group D, Narodowy Stadium, Warsaw, Poland 11/10/2015 Poland vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Seamus Coleman Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Even at right-back, Coleman is the source of many Ireland attacks but he reminded us all against Poland that he’s no slouch defensively either.

While left-back has been a problem position for Martin O’Neill, Coleman has been as solid as a rock when available on the other side for Ireland and has found it easier to transform his club form to the international stage than clubmate James McCarthy.

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All he needs now is a goal.

Jonathan Walters

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/10/2015 Republic of Ireland vs Germany Ireland's Jonathan Walters celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Ireland’s Mr. Consistency, Walters has become one of the first names on Martin O’Neill’s team sheet thanks to a series of hugely admirable performances in a green shirt.

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The Stoke man has proved particularly important in this campaign with crucial strikes against Scotland and Georgia and continues to be an absolute nightmare to play against no matter what the opposition.

Richie Towell

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 30/10/2015 Dundalk vs Bray Wanderers Dundalk's Richie Towell celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

29 goals in a single season is impressive. 29 goals in a single season from midfield is out of this world.

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In his wildest dreams, Richie Towell could barely have imagined the season he has just had, with his goals helping to deliver the league and cup double for Dundalk, by far and away the best team in Ireland for the last couple of years.

You don’t score all those goals without commanding attention from elsewhere and following his move to Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, Towell could be playing in the Premier League next season.

Robbie Keane

UEFA European Championship 2016 Qualifying Round, Estadio do Algarve, Faro, Portugal 4/9/2015 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring their second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Time is running out for Robbie, but he showed once again this season that he hasn’t lost the golden touch just yet.

Keane continues to do outrageous things at club level and his hat-trick against Gibraltar added a few more goals to a scoring record that no Irish player is likely to ever get close to.

Appreciate him while you can Irish fans because we’ll miss him badly when he’s gone.

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