Red Hands holding out hope Jordan will return

TYRONE officials are keeping their fingers crossed Philip Jordan will return to the panel after deciding to concentrate on club football with Moy at the moment.

The board are hoping the 30-year-old will make himself available to Mickey Harte come the championship in the same way Enda McGinley went back to his club last season before coming back to the panel later in the year.

“He is going to try and get himself back to match fitness by concentrating on playing club football at the moment,” said Tyrone chairman Ciarán MacLochlainn. “He is a quality player at the end of the day.”

Reports were rife on Monday four-time All Star Jordan had announced his inter-county retirement.

Despite a denial by Harte that the player had left the panel, Jordan did not turn up to training the following evening in spite of coming on as a second-half substitute in the Division 2 win over Kildare on Sunday.

McGinley left the panel last March after suffering a number of injuries before rejoining in the run-up to the Ulster final. The three-time All-Ireland winner is a member of the current squad.

Jordan and McGinley’s team-mate Stephen O’Neill quit the panel in January 2008 at the age of 27, citing knee and hamstring injuries.

However, he later reversed his decision and came back to play a role in Tyrone’s All-Ireland final win over Kerry the following September. He is also still in the Red Handers’ squad.

Meanwhile, a clubs versus county board stand-off seems to be brewing in Cavan after eight members of the Cavan senior football panel were used by their clubs last Sunday against the board’s wishes.

With Cavan having played Louth the following day and them facing a battle to avoid the drop against Tipperary in the last round this Sunday, the county board had asked that none of the 26 players in last weekend’s panel play in the club league games.

Cavan chairman Tom Reilly expressed his disappointment at the decision of some clubs to ignore the board’s plea.

“I am saddened that some clubs felt that they had to play these players a week before a very important battle for us,” he said.

“Some clubs didn’t and I compliment those who didn’t, including one club who had four county players.”

One of the players is also believed to have picked up an injury while playing for their club.

Elsewhere Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick has rubbished suggestions his new job as a TD has impacted negatively on his team’s fortunes.

Excluding the weekend he was voted in for Fine Gael, the Wee County have lost all three of their Division 3 fixtures and now face the unusual prospect of either being relegated, staying in the group or being promoted based on their game against Waterford and other fixtures this Sunday.

“In my old job, I was based in Dublin so I would leave the house at 6am and do 12 or 14-hour days,” he said.

“In our first three games, we were going really well. Then we hit an injury patch.

“Every team goes through a bit of a bad patch.”

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