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GAA: Kevin's keen to make an impact

By John Campbell

Kevin McNaughton possesses a detailed hurling CV both as a player and manager.

The man from the Glens knows all about success at club level and in more recent times has been manager of Derry.

But now Kevin has taken on one of his biggest challenges - manager of the Tyrone hurling side.

In a football-mad county that has dined expansively on All Ireland success twice within the last four years (2003 and '05), hurling has had to play second fiddle.

Yet progress has been made thanks to the dedication of a small band of workers and the interest of the county board.

Now Kevin has been entrusted with the task of trying to raise Tyrone's profile to an even higher level in a hurling context.

When he managed Derry, his motivational skills and tactical awareness underpinned his commitment to the job.

He plans to bring the same qualities to the Red Hands table aware that there is a seam of young talent who, with the proper encouragement, could yet morph into a successful team.

Tyrone did reasonably well in the National League earlier this year but tended to be overshadowed by their neighbours Armagh - something that did not happen in football, though!

Kevin is not only keen to see Tyrone prosper further in the 2008 National League but is anxious to see the side make an impact in the Nicky Rackard Cup.

Certainly, the possibility of a Tyrone hurling side following their footballing brethren onto the Croke Park stage should in itself prove a spur to Kevin's newly-acquired pool of players.

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