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Tyrone manager Harte tries again to stop Jordan retiring

By John Campbell

Tyrone will attempt to dissuade Philip Jordan from retiring from inter-county football in the coming days after he failed to turn up for training in Cookstown last night.

Jordan, Tyrone's most decorated defender with three All Stars, apparently let the management know on Monday that he no longer felt up to inter-county football.

Last year he came close to retiring, but manager Mickey Harte managed to persuade him to stay on and he finished the season by picking up his third All Star.

Jordan underwent hip surgery over the winter and made his competitive comeback against Kildare on Sunday, but that cameo appears only to have convinced him that he no longer feels he has the desire to play inter-county football.

Tyrone captain Brian Dooher will lead the charge this week to convince the 30-year-old to reverse his decision.

Tyrone are denying that Jordan has retired from the inter-county game, but it will be difficult to change his mind again.

Meanwhile Tyrone will pin their hopes of victory in tonight’s Ulster under-21 football championship semi-final against Monaghan at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on the scoring power of their full forward line.

Ronan O’Neill, Kyle Coney and Mattie Donnelly have formed a dynamic unit within the side to date and look capable of creating problems for the Monaghan rearguard.

Coney and Donnelly were particularly lethal in last Wednesday’s win over Down in what was a second replay.

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Armagh's Jamie Clarke has picked up the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award for March — but he now has what he feels is a much bigger prize in his sights.

The 21-year-old forward played a key role in bringing a fifth AIB All Ireland club title to Crossmaglen Rangers when he scored 1-3 in the decider against St Brigid’s of Roscommon at Croke Park.

Clarke, who also won the writers accolade in December, has not been basking in the Rangers success. Instead, he is strongly focused on helping Armagh to secure their future in Division One of the Allianz Football League when they meet Cork on Sunday.

Their lapse against lowly Galway last Sunday — 1-20 to 0-18 — has left a sour taste in the mouth of Orchard County followers and Clarke is anxious to remedy this situation.

“We missed a few goal chances against Galway and that cost us in the end,” reflects Clarke.

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