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Old guard back to quench thirst for yet another Tyrone title

The special bond that has been forged and nurtured within the Tyrone squad over the past decade was highlighted last night by veteran defender Conor Gormley.

The rugged centre-half-back, a fixture in the side since making his debut, has enthusiastically welcomed back players such as Philip Jordan and Brian Dooher to the ranks following their absences while recovering from injuries.

It had been suggested earlier in the year that the duo might take their leave of the Red Hands because of recurring injuries and Father Time but now, with their hunger rekindled, they share their colleagues' desire to see a third successive Ulster crown captured.

Gormley, who has played alongside Jordan in the half-back line for the greater part of his career, believes that with the Tyrone old guard almost fully restored the chances of further success have improved considerably.

"Obviously we are still without Joe McMahon and Enda McGinley but it's great to have Brian Dooher and Philly Jordan back. They bring a lot to the team because of their versatility. They have plenty of experience - Philly is a great defender and can still go up and take a score while Brian sets a great example as captain," maintains Gormley.

"Having players such as these available and injury-free is very important to us. It gives all the boys a big lift."

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