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New skipper Donnelly aiming to steer Tyrone to further success

 

By John Campbell

New Tyrone skipper Mattie Donnelly has already set his sights on following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Sean Cavanagh by leading the side to Ulster Championship glory.

But right now the Red Hands' summer itinerary has been put on the back burner as Donnelly bids to help the side retain their firm hold on the Dr McKenna Cup.

His side will open their 2018 campaign by hosting Antrim in the latter competition at Healy Park, Omagh on Wednesday night with games against St Mary's University College and Cavan completing their programme in Section A.

Trillick clubman Donnelly (27), who was a member of the Tyrone team that won the All-Ireland minor title in 2008, has been in the senior Red Hands squad for the last seven years and has played in different positions in the side.

He won All-Star awards in 2015 and 2016 and was a member of the Ireland squad that participated in the International Rules series against Australia recently.

Tomorrow, Mickey Harte will take charge of the TTM Allstars team that will meet Tyrone league title holders Errigal Ciaran in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday but had to be postponed because the Fintona playing surface was covered in frost.

Harte will get an opportunity to assess at first hand some of the county's emerging talent.

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