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Brennan offers Harte huge Championship pointer

 

By John Campbell

Lee Brennan has certainly given Tyrone manager Mickey Harte more than a gentle nudge in terms of his credentials for selection against Derry in the Ulster Championship after an excellent club performance.

The Trillick sharpshooter posted an incredible total of 3-14 in his team's 4-19 to 0-10 win over Strabane Sigersons in a Division One League encounter at the weekend.

Of his impressive score, 3-8 came from open play and reflected his overall accuracy.

By half-time the irresistible Brennan had posted 3-6 and had already earned himself the man of the match accolade and had also rocketed his way to the top of the Begley's Sport Top Scorers table.

The talented 2015 All-Ireland U-21 winner, who only saw three minutes of action in the recent Allianz League campaign as a substitute in Tyrone's first round win over Roscommon, could hardly have provided his county management team with a more timely or indeed pertinent reminder of his shooting skills.

During the Allianz League, Tyrone were guilty of missing numerous scoring chances in a number of games and had only managed to score one goal in their first six games before they managed to land two against Kerry in their last outing.

There has also been a question mark over their percentage accuracy from free-kicks following the conclusion of the league.

While it is acknowledged that there is still a sizeable gulf between club and county football, Brennan's performance highlights the fact that he is very much in top form at present.

Brennan was very much to the fore for the Red Hands in the McKenna Cup - he scored seven points in their handsome 2-17 to 1-7 win over UUJ - but was subsequently forced to take a back seat for the league.

Manager Harte has a number of options available to him in attack for the game against Derry with Brennan's brother Rory also pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

Conor McAliskey is believed to be the only recognised forward who is certain to miss the game because of the serious leg injury from which he is recovering.

The Tyrone squad are due to undertake a three-day training camp at the Carton House Hotel in Kildare this weekend where manager Harte is expected to outline his plans and strategy for the Ulster Championship.

Harte's decision to take his squad to Kildare caused rumblings of discontent within the county in relation to club games, but this has now been resolved.

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