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Ireland boss Joe Kernan is eyeing Tyrone stars

By John Campbell

Published 20/08/2015

Ireland’s call: Joe Kernan
Ireland’s call: Joe Kernan

Ireland International Rules team manager Joe Kernan has mapped out his criteria in relation to the kind of players he hopes will bring success in the one-off Test against Australia later this year.

Kernan, who has attended numerous Championship matches since the start of the summer and has his sights firmly fixed on Sunday's Kerry v Tyrone semi-final, is currently piecing together his preliminary squad prior to an initial training session at Ashbourne on September 4.

"We are looking for players who can move the ball quickly, particularly through foot-passing, and who can break tackles, are competent in the air and have good engines," said Kernan.

He expects to gain further confirmation on Sunday that Tyrone trio Mattie Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh and Peter Harte will fit the bill for the joust with the Aussies and he has been highly impressed, too, by the form of Kerry's midfield powerhouse David Moran and former Australian Rules player Tommy Walsh.

"We need players who are positive, creative and have belief in their own ability," stated the Ireland boss. "We hope to have good players up front and this being the case we need others who can pick them out with incisive 50-yard passes so that they can flourish.

"I believe that this Sunday's game will give us a further insight as to the depth of talent that is available to us and I believe it will be a cracking game. It will be the perfect platform on which players who are keen to wear the Ireland jersey can display their talents."

Former Tyrone centre-half-back Noel McGinn is holding a pre-All-Ireland semi-final Chat Show that will be hosted by Club Tyrone at the Garvaghey Centre of Excellence tonight (7.00pm).

McGinn will be joined on stage by Tyrone triple All-Ireland winner Philip Jordan, Armagh legend Jarlath Burns and GAA journalist and pundit Paddy Heaney.

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