It was one of the most popular GAA programmes ever made – and now Underdogs is set to return to our TV screens tonight on TG4.
The Underdogs is a reality TV programme that sees well-known GAA coaches put a team together of footballers who have never played at senior inter-county level. From hundreds of applications it is whittled down to a squad to take on a county team towards the end of the year.
The last time a men’s team was assembled was in 2004 when a team containing Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Cork’s Pearse O’Neill beat Kerry. The previous year a team was narrowly beaten by Dublin.
Both Donaghy and O’Neill later went on to play with their respective counties and won All Irelands with Donaghy crediting the experience with launching his career at the highest level.
This year’s team is being managed by Paul Galvin, Ray Silke and Valerie Mulcahy
And LaoisToday has learned that a well-known Laois player is among the hopeful candidates.
Graiguecullen forward Aaron Forbes will feature on the programme where he’ll be hoping the good club form he’s been showing will carry through.
Forbes featured briefly under John Sugrue during this year’s O’Byrne Cup and has been impressive for Graiguecullen, in particular in their opening round win over O’Dempsey’s when he scored two goals.
Only today Forbes featured in our list of 25 players who could be in line for a call-up to Sugrue’s Laois panel.
In fact that’s not the first LaoisToday list that the Graigue man was included in having been in Laois’s 30 Hottest Men in 2018.
The show is on TG4 at 9.30pm every Wednesday for the next number of weeks.