The recently appointed Tyrone minor management team have made an immediate start to their tenure as they seek to maintain the Tyrone reputation for good underage teams. Following their ratification by the county committee they issued invitations to clubs to select players suitable for trials with the county minor squad. Sunday October twenty fourth at Aughabrack was the date designated for the first trial and this was followed up with a second trial in Cookstown on the twenty seventh. In total almost two hundred and ten under eighteen footballers were given the chance to impress the management. It will not be an easy job whittling those numbers down to a more manageable size but Micky Donnelly and Kieran Mc Hugh are hopeful that after the last of these preliminary trials tomorrow night (Wednesday) in Donaghmore they will be able to reduce the trialists numbers to somewhere nearer ninety.
Trials on such a large scale are not always the best way to make a judgement on players but if truth be told most of the best players in the county are already involved with county development squads and their schools and colleges teams. As such they would be already known to the minor management. However in some cases there will be one or two late developers and the occasional surprise selection but it would be extremely unusual for really good players to slip through the net.