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Tyrone set down high standards for 2016

By John Campbell

Tyrone have lost no time in setting out their stall on two fronts for 2016. Senior team boss Mickey Harte is keen to see his side lay down a marker in the O'Fiaich Cup and Dr McKenna Cup competitions, while under 21 boss Fergal Logan believes that his team now face considerable pressure to retain their All-Ireland title - and it's all coming from within.

Harte, whose side will meet Derry in the O'Fiaich Cup semi-final on Sunday week, is hoping to reach the final before launching their McKenna Cup drive in which they will meet Derry, Antrim and Queen's before the semi-finals are reached.

"Potentially we could have seven competitive games before the start of the Allianz League and that would be excellent preparation for this competition," he said.

"Obviously in all competitions you want to do the best you can. If you win, you get more games and that's what we want."

"Ultimately we would like to be in two finals before the league, meaning invaluable preparations for the season ahead."

Logan, meanwhile, was at the helm of a hugely successful management triumvirate this year and, while he has never been short on personal motivation either as a player or manager, he now candidly admits that the flame of ambition is being even more feverishly stoked by his colleagues Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher.

"When you are hanging about with Canavan and Dooher you have no choice but to try and keep on winning things," said Logan, a native of Stewartstown.

"I can tell you that their minds turned immediately to retaining the All-Ireland trophy on the day we actually won it. That's the kind of people they are."

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