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Peter Canavan has sights set on double

Tyrone legend Peter Canavan has his sights set on a dual target — another Ulster title for the Red Hands and a county championship crown for the Errigal Ciaran club which he currently manages.

Canavan, who captained Tyrone to their first All-Ireland title in 2003, believes that Mickey Harte’s current side can make it three provincial titles on the trot but admits that “there is a long way to go” before that can come to fruition.

“The Ulster Championship would appear to be building up to a tremendous climax and it will certainly be interesting to see how things pan out. There are some very good teams left in the frame but there is a long way to go yet,” says Canavan.

Errigal Ciaran have been drawn against Carrickmore in the county championship and the prospect of a thrilling battle between two of the best teams in the O’Neill county is now on the cards.

Canavan, who has slipped seamlessly into the role of manager, can call upon players like John Devine, Davy Harte, Enda McGinley (if fit), and Peter Harte for what he hopes will be a concerted bid to land the county accolade.

Carrickmore, powered by Conor Gormley, man of the match in Tyrone’s Ulster championship win over Monaghan last Sunday, have a strong tradition in the Tyrone championship and are particularly hungry to win the title.

The Tyrone championships will be sponsored by NIE Energy for the first time, and county chairman Ciaran McLaughlin says: “This is a great fillip for the championship. We have eight very appetising first round ties on the menu.”

Tyrone SFC First Round: Errigal Ciaran v Carrickmore, Greencastle v Ardboe, Coalisland v Killyclogher, Omagh v Donaghmore, Moortown v Eglish, Clonoe v Trillick, Dromore v Moy, Derrylaughan v Cookstown.

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