The GAA show returned to screens recently after a 10-year absence and the producers are on the lookout for the next big stars. Players are put through their paces on the show by 3 All Ireland winning players – Galway’s Ray Silke, Kerry’s Paul Galvin and Cork’s Valerie Mulcahy.

This series follows unknown players, as they are trained and mentored by the coaches before they face the All Ireland Champions, Dublin, in October. The previous series of Underdogs was responsible for launching many present inter-county stars and All-Ireland winners’ careers including Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Cork’s Pearse O’Neill.

Many young players from all corners of Ireland will attempt to make the final cut on the Underdogs team that will play All Ireland Champions, Dublin, all fighting for the limited number of positions.

Battling it out for a position on the full forward line is Gary O’Daly, a Leitrim native from St Mary’s GAA and joining him on the quest is Cormac Doohan from Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon. Also hoping to get a final spot in the forwards are 3 young Donegal players, Callum Gallagher of Naomh Bríd, Michael Molloy of Kilcar and Daragh Murrin of Duninkeely.

Two young Kerry men are also hoping to claim a final spot on the team. DJ Murphy from Gneeveguilla is looking at making the cut at full back and Darragh O’Shea from Ballydonoghue GAA will be hoping to secure a final spot in the Goalkeeper position. Also looking to hold on to the position of goalkeeper is Blake Forkan who is originally from Killtimagh but now plays football with St. Eunan’s in Letterkenny.

Trevor Murtagh from St Barry’s GAA Club and Eamonn O Donaghue from Padraig Pearses, two other young Roscommon men, will be hoping to secure a final spot at wing back with Enda Fleming from Corofin, Galway, looking at making the cut in either the half back or half forward line. Fintan O Cuanaigh a fellow Galwegian from An Spidéal and St James’ GAA Clubs will be hoping to land a final spot in the midfield position.

Supermac’s Managing Director, Pat McDonagh said “We were delighted to get the opportunity to be involved with this show as Supermac’s is synonymous with the GAA having sponsored teams throughout the country for the last 40 years. Our 28-year relationship with Galway GAA is one of the longest inter-county relationships in the GAA. Becoming an inter-county player is a privilege only a few individuals get to achieve and there are many great players that never quite make it to that level. The great thing about Underdogs is that it gives those players a 2nd chance and what better way to prove themselves that to pit themselves against the best team in the country – The Dubs,” Mr. McDonagh said.

The programme airs every Thursday at 9:30pm and repeated on Saturdays at 7.45pm on TG4 with the final set to take place mid-October where The Underdogs will take on All Ireland Champions Dublin.