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Harte eyes McKenna Cup glory

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is targeting success in the Dr McKenna Cup as the first step on the road back to Division One of the National Football League.

And he still harbours regrets over last season's defeat in the final of the pre-season campaign, when the Red Hands lost out to Donegal.

"I'd say we were a little bit unfortunate last year, we were in a winning position when Stevie (O'Neill) dislocated the elbow, and didn't really push on after he went off," said Harte.

He has named a vastly experienced squad, with just two newcomers, and a further batch of seasoned campaigners held in reserve for the league.

But the treble all-Ireland winning manager is confident that the more mature members of his collective still have what it takes.

"I would be loathe to start to judge people on their age. I would rather judge people on the quality of their performance, and as long as people are giving quality performances and are committed, then they certainly deserve to be given every opportunity to do that."


From Belfast Telegraph