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Tyrone set to appeal selector Devlin's eight-week ban

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone officials are understood to be strongly considering an appeal against the proposed suspension arising out of the unsavoury half-time scenes in the Red Hands' Championship defeat to Donegal.

Selector Gavin Devlin has been issued with an eight-week suspension, but Tyrone officials are expected to appeal it.

Seven of the Tyrone under-21 side who recently won the All-Ireland title have won EirGrid Awards for their performances in the Championship.

Goalkeeper Sean Fox, defenders Padraig Hampsey, Ruairi Brennan and team captain Kieran McGeary, along with midfielder Cathal McShane and attackers Lee Brennan and Danny McNulty were recognised, while Tyrone duo McShane and Ruairi Brennan as well as Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan are nominations for Player of the Year at the grade.

Looking ahead to Sunday's Ulster Championship game, Antrim goalkeeper Chris Kerr has praised the ability of manager Frankie Fitzsimons and credited him with getting his inter-county career back on track after he left Liam Bradley's panel under a cloud last year.

Kerr admitted it hurt to be watching Antrim's Championship win over Sunday's opponents Fermanagh last year.

"I played all the league games last year and this is why you play the game, you want to be in the big games, you want to play Championship, it's why you train in November and December," he explained.

Praising Fitzsimons who brought him back into the fold, along with strength and conditioning expert Mick McGurn, Kerr continued: "His man-management skills are top-class.

"He has got good people skills, the same as Mick the trainer, it's not the same as just slogging people into the ground.

"If people are sore or if they have work or family commitments, they understand it. You don't have to live like a monk."

He also maintained that this Antrim panel is the most united one he has been part of, with honesty at the core of it.

"It's do or die and I think that has a lot to do with Mick and the training he does and drilling it into us from day one.

"He is pretty intense and he doesn't take any nonsense. He nails people when they need to be nailed.

"That sets the tone for the year and it was coming out in the tight games when you knew the hard work was done."

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