Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Tyrone boss Harte set to make plans for next year

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will meet with his squad within the course of the next month as a precursor to commencing preparations for the 2013 season.

With the domestic club championship due to hold centre stage over the coming weeks, Harte and his assistant Tony Donnelly will assess a number of players conscious that they need to strengthen their panel particularly after the series of injuries that blighted their progress this term.

County board chairman Ciaran McLaughlin has made it clear that Tyrone’s first priority next year will be to cement their status in Allianz League Division One.

“Promotion was hard-won this year and now the challenge for the players is to show that they can compete at the highest level,” states McLaughlin.

“I have no doubt that playing against teams like Dublin, Cork and Kerry will prove ideal preparation for the Ulster and All-Ireland Championships.”

McLaughlin is encouraged by the fact that players such as Sean Cavanagh, Kyle Coney and Justin McMahon are making good progress from the injures that kept them sidelined for the most crucial part of the current season.

“Sean Cavanagh should be back playing football again in the foreseeable future and this is very encouraging,” explains McLaughlin. “At one stage this year we had what we see as six key players out of action and that did not help matters. Nonetheless as a consequence, other players came in and got the chance to show what they could do at county level.”

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