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Tyrone ace Brian Dooher ready to hang up his boots

Brian Dooher and Ryan McMenamin could be among those Mickey Harte expects to retire ahead of the 2011 season.

Harte and his management team are already making plans for next season but he accepts that retirements from his squad are now inevitable.

Dooher will be 36 next summer and was clearly struggling at stages this season as injuries took their toll while McMenamin has been at the centre of speculation since the Dublin defeat in late July that he will call time.

With many of the current squad members of the 1998 minor winning team Harte knows that changes will have to be made.

“There may be some who would have been in the squad this year who won't be there next year,” he said.

But on Dooher he would not be drawn. “As far as I'm concerned there's nothing to tell there,” he said.

Harte is holding talks with each player individually as he seeks to formulate a plan to take Tyrone back to the top next year.

“We're meeting with them individually, and that process is not entirely complete yet. It's ongoing,” he said. “We did meet the squad originally, after the game (All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin), and then we decided we'd meet them all individually in the next few weeks.

“There's a lot of planning in it, getting a time that suits ourselves and them individually and the time it takes, but I think it's something that's important.”

He revealed that the intense round of meetings is not an entirely new departure.

“We have done this at various times of the year, we have met players individually, so this is, I suppose, a time to reflect and a time to project ahead,” he said.

“We'll have a chat with them about plans for the future and what needs to be done to get best prepared for the new season.”

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