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Monaghan's Ryan Wylie draws on family to inspire his quest for success

By Jon Fisher

Monaghan defender Ryan Wylie needs to look no further than his own family for inspiration in his quest for what he hopes will be a first Ulster final starting place against Donegal on Sunday.

His brother Drew is the solid full-back in a Monaghan side that will be seeking back-to-back provincial titles at Clones having already captured the Division Two league title.

And it's Drew, now one of the best defenders in the country, who is helping to keep things in perspective for 20-year-old Ryan, who was in last year's victorious squad without quite enjoying a generous ration of game time.

"Drew didn't really say anything unusual. He suggested that I should take things in my stride. He advised me to concentrate on my own game," explains Ryan.

"At the end of the day, he is another team-mate. If I do something wrong he has to give out to me or encourage me like he does with everyone else. I suppose the best thing is that he provides me with a free lift over to training!

"The test for us will be to win two in a row but you can't over-dwell on it. You just have to get your preparations right. The supporters will want to talk about the history, but we have to keep the head down," insists Ryan.

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