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Cavanagh return a fillip for Tyrone boss Harte

By John Campbell

Published 09/02/2016

Influential: Sean Cavanagh is still a key man for Tyrone
Influential: Sean Cavanagh is still a key man for Tyrone

Sean Cavanagh's return to fitness is viewed by Tyrone boss Mickey Harte as the perfect spur for his side to step up their bid to take the leap into Division One of the Allianz Football League.

With wins over Cavan and Galway having been pocketed to date and competition for places in his side hotting up, Harte views Cavanagh's re-emergence as a significant boost.

Cavanagh marked his comeback by landing a magnificent point in the 1-11 to 1-9 win over Galway on Sunday and will use the three-week league break to further hone his fitness.

Harte, clearly delighted that his side have now gone nine games undefeated, still sees Cavanagh as a key component.

"Sean is Sean, you are always going to get something good from him," said Harte. "It is a tremendous boost to have someone like him coming into any game. The more game time he gets under his belt the better for us."

Tyrone's next game on February 28 will be against a Laois side that stunned Armagh at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night and Harte sees it as a particularly crucial tie.

"It is essential that we keep picking up points. We want to be looking down at teams in the table," he added. "There are things we have to improve on but we know that we have to keep working hard."

With Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan also having made a huge impact off the bench against Galway, Harte's selection options for the clash with rejuvenated Laois have been boosted.

Victory would see Tyrone take a giant stride towards promotion with four games still to play.

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