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Door not fully shut on Antrim comeback, reveals McCann

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By John Campbell

The Antrim football management team of Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams have received an unexpected bonus now that veteran midfield ace Michael McCann has indicated that he may make himself available for selection again in the foreseeable future.

It was believed that McCann had brought the curtain down on his inter-county career when he declared himself unavailable for the Dr McKenna Cup competition but he has moved quickly to clear up any confusion which may have arisen.

"I have spent 12 years in the Antrim side and as I am still only 31 I feel that I might just have something more to offer at some stage in the future," revealed McCann.

"The facts of the matter are that at this point in time I am extremely busy with my gymnasium business, my wife works unsociable hours as a firefighter and we have two small children.

"As you will appreciate, this does not afford me the ideal background against which to further pursue my inter-county career just now but I would hope that my circumstances might become a bit more favourable from this perspective sometime in the foreseeable future."

The lion-hearted McCann has often proved an inspiration to Antrim even in matches in which they found themselves swimming against the tide and he is delighted to see new players coming through who offer encouragement for the future.

"I have always enjoyed playing for Antrim. It has always been an honour to don the saffron jersey. I still feel as good as ever and I think that I have retained a positive attitude so it's really a case of never say never," added McCann.

Fitzsimons and Adams will review their corps of fresh faces during the month of January before finalising their team for the Allianz League in which Antrim will meet Offaly and Tipperary in their opening two matches in Division Three.

The league then takes a break and there is the possibility that the Saffrons squad may be augmented before the competition resumes.

As it happens, Antrim are not exactly awash with midfield talent right now.

John Carron is working in England while Niall McKeever will play for his university in the McKenna Cup and Sean McVeigh is recovering from injury. All three have considerable experience of playing in the middle third of the park.

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