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Staying put: Cathal McShane (right), who has rejected a move to Aussie Rules, looks likely to feature for Tyrone against Kerry

Staying put: Cathal McShane (right), who has rejected a move to Aussie Rules, looks likely to feature for Tyrone against Kerry

Staying put: Cathal McShane (right), who has rejected a move to Aussie Rules, looks likely to feature for Tyrone against Kerry

Changed times indeed, given the events of Thursday.

Tyrone's latest All-Star Cathal McShane had made his decision as to whether he was going to try his luck at Australian Rules Football with Adelaide Crows, or remain playing Gaelic football with Tyrone.

The odd thing about it is, the decision was delivered in the Cookstown offices of the Keystone Group - with an invited audience of a BBC NI reporter and some local contributors to the popular Tyrone GAA Website, 'TeamTalkMag' - where McShane was also announcing a new job with the company.

Has anything of this kind happened before? And does it even matter in the slightest? Maybe not, but still there was something unusual about the whole thing.

The end result of it all is that McShane is available for the Kerry game tomorrow, providing he has been added back into the team What's App group, of course. And if Mickey Harte can pick Peter Harte on the week he came back from an extended honeymoon to play Monaghan last weekend, then he will have no hesitation in playing McShane. His team and their home support are desperate for a shot of adrenalin after a weak defeat to Monaghan.

Table toppers Donegal have home advantage against Galway, but that hardly matters when that home is Letterkenny, a field that has been the graveyard of Donegal hopes over the last few seasons.

Plenty will be interested to see how this new-look Galway attack fare with Shane Walsh and Robbie Finnerty close to goal and Damian Comer as a linkman.

Donegal have started well and picked off Meath at their leisure last week.

Monaghan get a chance to follow up their impressive win over an understrength Tyrone last weekend when they face the ultimate test of Dublin tonight.

With Fintan Kelly and Colin Walshe still to come back into their defence they look like they are well set for the season ahead, but Dublin going up through the gears in Croke Park is the hardest task of all.

Division Two is helter skelter after the first two games with upsets everywhere, not least the defeat of Armagh to Laois last Saturday night in Portlaoise.

Kieran McGeeney's men have a chance to put things right tonight when they host his former county Kildare in the Athletic Grounds.

With Aidan Forker and Ruairí Grugan set to come back into the reckoning and Jarlath Óg Burns getting closer to full fitness, they stand a good chance of righting a few wrongs.

Last Sunday's six-point deficit that Fermanagh clawed back against Roscommon to take the points in Brewster Park had their small but loyal fanbase drawing comparisons to a similar stirring fightback against Roscommon in 2015.

They are away to Westmeath, themselves the fall guys in a spectacular performance by Cavan last Sunday.

Cavan are away to what passes for the form team in Division Two, Laois, in that after two games they are the only unbeaten side at that grade.

In Division Three, Derry's season hangs in the balance when they host Tipperary tomorrow in Celtic Park. An opening day draw against Leitrim was a setback, but then Rory Gallagher's men couldn't take advantage of their possession and numerical advantage to see off a determined Down last weekend.

Down face Cork in Division Three, which seems almost puzzling to mention after the two battled it out on All-Ireland final day just a decade ago. Cork have opened their account with two comfortable and routine wins over Louth and Leitrim.

Finally, Antrim seek to get their show back on the road when they take a flight over to play London.

Last weekend Antrim left too much to do at the death against Sligo, but under new manager Michael Maher, London have got off to a poor start.

Belfast Telegraph