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Changes Ahead For Tyrone Panel

Tuesday 27.11.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


Speculation is rife that there are major changes in the make-up of the new Tyrone senior panel which is due to be announced shortly. That panel will be named with the Dr Mc Kenna Cup just around the corner. Team manager Mickey Harte has seen many of the players take part in a series of trial matches while also running the rule over the teams involved in the latter stages of the Ulster club and Tyrone county championship before coming to a decision on the content of the new squad.

According to sources there are as many as nine members of last year’s panel who have been deselected. On that list it is believed there are several high profile names that played a prominent role during last year’s league and championship run. With the manager seeking to build a hungry and determined squad capable of challenging in Division One of the National League and also upsetting Donegal in the opening round of the UIster Championship, he is obviously keen to throw down a challenge to those involved.

With the retirement of Ryan Mc Menamin there was some talk that his All Ireland winning colleagues from 2003 Brian Mc Guigan and Owen Mulligan could well have played their last games with the county squad. This however is only speculation at this stage but former All Ireland Minor winners Cathal Mc Carron, Sean O’Neill, Aidan Cassidy Niall Mc Kenna and Ciaran Gervin are believed to have been “stood down” along with Damien Mc Caul and as many as three others.

Among the names reputed to have been chosen to join the panel are Omagh players Conan Grugan and Barry Tierney, Division One top scorer Conor Mc Aliskey, Greencastle utility player Sean Warnock, Kevin Gallagher of Newtownstewart, Plunkett Kane of Coalisland and Dean Mc Nally of Kildress. Grugan was injured playing for his club in the semi final of the All County League but is expected to be back in training in March.

Full details of the complete squad are expected to be released later in the week.

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