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Changes in store for Red Hands backroom

By Declan Bogue

Following the departure of team trainer Fergal McCann, the future of Tyrone's strength and conditioning coach Willie Moore could be under doubt.

McCann and his Augher clubmate, selector Tony Donnelly, stepped down from their roles in midweek, bringing to an end a decade of service with Tyrone.

Moore, Performance Services co-ordinator at University of Ulster, came on board with the Red Hands in 2008, when they went on to win the All-Ireland. But in recent years the conditioning of Tyrone players has been called into question.

The nature of all their Championship defeats in Ulster and the All-Ireland series raised questions over Tyrone's ability to cope with the power and pace of the game since 2011.

In the wake of the qualifiers exit to Armagh, a number of figures from within Tyrone GAA urged Mickey Harte to consider making changes in the backroom, in order to import some fresh thinking.

He brought in Gavin Devlin, the former centre-back from Tyrone's first All-Ireland success in 2003, to work alongside McCann in training and act as the runner on matchdays.

One name that has become mooted in Tyrone as a possible addition is Peter Donnelly, another former player of Harte's.

Still currently playing for Coalisland Fianna, Donnelly lives in Enniskillen and is a full-time employee of the Cavan county board as a Development Coach.

His work with Cavan underage sides has been highly-thought of in recent years, but Tyrone could consider him in some full-time capacity looking after the conditioning of all underage squads, in a similar capacity to what he does in the Breffni county.

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