Peter Canavan insists Tyrone starlets keen to retain Ulster and All-Ireland titles
Tyrone Under-21 selector Peter Canavan has insisted that his group of players are just as hungry for success as their predecessors, who clinched the Ulster and All-Ireland crowns in 2015.
Feargal Logan's side take on Cavan at Breffni Park in the Ulster U21 quarter-finals tonight (8pm throw-in).
Canavan said whittling down the numbers proved to be a difficult task.
"You have a lot of eager and enthusiastic lads. A lot of them played county minor football, they came out of that and they are very determined to step up to the next grade," the former Fermanagh manager said.
"Thankfully in Tyrone, we have no shortage of players wanting to do that.
"That was the case last year. We had trials last year and had good turnouts - likewise at the start of this year. We had trials to initially select a training panel and it was the same thing again."
Elsewhere, there are a trio of local derbies.
Down have a home tie against Armagh in Newry, Monaghan host Fermanagh in Inniskeen and Donegal welcome Derry.