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Harte Calls Up Ruairi Sludden

Monday 04.06.2018
Team Talk Mag


Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has reacted to his side’s injury crisis by calling Dromore forward Ruairi Sludden into the County panel ahead of this weekend’s tough All Ireland qualifier with Meath in Navan.


A younger brother of current Tyrone star Niall, 24 year old Ruairi has been drafted into a squad that is without key attackers Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan through injury while Peter Harte misses out through suspension.


Sludden won an Ulster minor championship medal with Tyrone in 2012 and three years later he started against Fermanagh in the opening round of the U21 championship and the Red Hands went on to win the All Ireland. He is currently in fine form with his club have amassed 0-40 in their league campaign to date and Mickey is looking forward to see how he fits in.


“It’s not bringing people in as backup its bringing people in to strengthen the squad and we have looked at Ruairi at this stage to come and join us”, said Harte.


“Obviously he has missed a lot of the level of training that these boys have done and it’s something for the future rather than right now. In terms of numbers and options for our own inhouse games in training and that there and I suppose we will have to see how he fits in with that and he is joining us on Tuesday tonight.


He’s a good footballer who I have seen for a few years now. He is a very competent player who knows where the goals are and he has got natural talent and now we will have to see can we harness that natural talent into what is required to be able to do it at the next level.


He is young and fit and has played County underage football and for one reason or another he never really maybe fulfilled his potential to date so the option is there to see if he can go to the next level. It may take a little bit of time but I suppose this is a good place to find out if he is up for that.”




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