Harte hoping hunt for fresh Tyrone talent will be a knockout success
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte believes that the straight knockout formula which pertains in his county's Senior Football Championship is helping to bring the best out in players and is thus facilitating his drive for fresh talent.
As he prepares to cast his net over the four county Championship quarter-finals this weekend, Harte is convinced that players have been stepping up to the mark to prove their worth.
"I think that a knockout Championship is a good competition in which to see players. Obviously teams want to get as many games in the Championship as they can and this has certainly given us the opportunity to assess players who are currently in the squad and those who might be able to bring something to the table," pointed out Harte.
Tomorrow night, Red Hands duo Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry will be in the spotlight when Edendork face Carrickmore at Healy Park, Omagh (8.30pm), while on Saturday the Omagh St Enda's v Errigal Ciaran tie at Loughmacrory (4.45pm) will see a battery of talent in action.
Conor Meyler will be to the fore for St Enda's, while Peter Harte, Ben McDonnell, Aidan McCrory and Darragh Canavan will spearhead the Errigal Ciaran challenge.
On Sunday, there will be an attractive double bill at Carrickmore where Trillick will take on Clonoe (3pm), with Killyclogher facing reigning champions Coalisland afterwards (4.45pm).
Trillick will be powered by the Donnelly and Brennan brothers, while Clonoe will look to Connor McAliskey for inspiration.
Mark Bradley, who recently returned to Killyclogher's colours after having to relinquish his place because of study commitments, could have a big say against Coalisland alongside the McCann brothers Tiernan and Conall.
Coalisland, for their part, can expect their county stars Padraig Hampsey and Michael McKernan to lead by example.
Harte gives an insight into precisely what managers are looking for nowadays when they take in games.
"You would have to say that people are looking for footballers now rather than just backs or forwards," stressed Harte.
"Those descriptions are a little bit outdated, I feel. It's all-round footballers that we are seeking and they need to be able to show their full range of skills which a game demands of them at whatever times during the course of the season."