It’s the good news that many of us were hoping for. The 2010 All Star left half back Philip Jordan is staying on with Tyrone until at least the end of the 2011 season. He spoke to the Tyrone GAA website tonight…
After taking a couple of weeks to consider whether or not he wanted to see out the reminder of the season Moy man Philip Jordan has decided to return to training with Tyrone. It’s a tremendous boost for Mickey Harte ahead of the Ulster Championship clash with Monaghan on 5th June.
Jordan has only made one appearance for Tyrone in 2011, coming on as a late substitute in the comfortable win over Kildare. Speaking exclusively for the Tyrone Website www.TyroneGAA.ie, Jordan was keen to clarify just why he had taken time to consider his future.
“I told Mickey that I would be taking a bit of time in January and February in bid to clear up some groin and hip problems and that’s what I did. I have to say I enjoyed the break.”
“We had always pencilled in a return to action somewhere close to the end of the league campaign and that’s exactly what happened. I got ten minutes or so at the end of the Kildare match but the following day I told Mickey I needed a bit more time to consider whether or not I was ready to commit to the rest of the year. He was happy for me to have that time.
“I know that there are all sorts of stories going around. I hate to disappoint them people but there’s been no row. It just came down to establishing whether or not I had the hunger for another championship run. There’s a serious amount of commitment needed to prepare for an Ulster Championship and an All Ireland run if you’re lucky enough to get that far. It’s not just about turning up to games and togging out. You need to be mentally prepared. ”
“I’ve been in contact with a few of the boys over the last couple of weeks but I can assure people that the final decision is my own. I’ll be at training on Thursday night and I’ll be ready to work hard with the rest of the lads to win a place on the team for the Monaghan game.”