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Corrigan committed to helping Killyclogher retain Tyrone crown

By John Campbell

Published 17/11/2016

Firm stance: Dominic Corrigan has rejected Down rumours
Firm stance: Dominic Corrigan has rejected Down rumours

The rumour mill may be fully operational right now but Dominic Corrigan is not going anywhere.

Instead, the former Fermanagh and Sligo manager is already focused on plotting back-to-back Tyrone Championship titles for the Killyclogher club he has revitalised this term.

Corrigan's name has been linked with Down and it is understood that approaches may also have been made to him from other quarters but the Kinawley man has no intention of forsaking Killyclogher, where he has made a massive impact.

"Even before the Tyrone county final I was hearing that I was supposed to be going to join Eamonn Burns in the Down management set-up but there was not a shred of truth in that," insisted Corrigan.

"Eamonn already has his back-up team in place and obviously I wish him all the very best for 2017 but my priority will be to try and ensure that Killyclogher retain the Tyrone title.

"I consider myself extremely fortunate to be working with a great group of players who train to a very high level, are fiercely committed and who take great pride in what they are doing. What more could any manager ask for?"

Killyclogher had not won the Tyrone crown since 2003 until Corrigan ushered them onto the county throne last month prior to their Ulster Club Championship campaign in which they beat Antrim champions Cargin at the quarter-final stage before losing to Slaughtneil last Sunday.

Corrigan has also guided Castleblayney Faughs and Clontibret to the Monaghan title and had attained earlier success in Tyrone when he supervised a Championship title for Carrickmore.

While he is happy to retain his links with Killyclogher, Corrigan may well prove the target for county teams in the future should he continue in his current successful vein.

"Obviously I have a close affinity with Tyrone football, although I would have to admit that the Red Hands probably inflicted two of my biggest sporting disappointments on me," reflected Corrigan ruefully.

"That was back in 2003 when I was Fermanagh manager and they beat us in the league semi-final and then in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Championship.

"But I have to say, and I have been watching football for a long time, that the 2003 Tyrone team was in my opinion one of the best ever.

"I thought they had particularly outstanding players in Peter Canavan, Stephen O'Neill, Owen Mulligan and of course the late Cormac McAnallen.

"They were a very special team and I retain the utmost admiration for what they achieved in becoming the first from their county to win the All-Ireland title.

"Tyrone still produce good players and we in Killyclogher think that we have some of those."

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