Gormley: We proved the doubters wrong

Conor Gormley says he and his Tyrone team-mates haven’t forgotten they were written off at the start of the season.

Mickey Harte’s side are again being spoken of as All-Ireland contenders on the back of a 100% record in Division 2 proper and the McKenna Cup.

After a host of retirements, Tyrone had been earmarked for a transitional period but Gormley is glad to have proven their doubters wrong.

“You look at the start of the year — a lot of people were writing us off maybe with all the retirements, losing all them men was a big blow but it’s given the likes of Kyle Coney, Niall McKenna, Peter Harte, Aidan McCrory, PJ (Quinn), a chance.

“All of them have come in and done very well. It probably is a bit of a transition, but I think those boys are well capable of stepping up to the plate, pushing on and pushing the team on.”

The level of competition for starting spots is highlighted by the difficulty Gormley faces in getting into the team after recovering from a minor ankle operation in February. The Carrickmore man believes the decisions of Kevin Hughes, Brian Dooher, Philip Jordan, Brian McGuigan and Enda McGinley to exit the county fold has aided the development of the panel.

“They’ve got a run of games now and they’ve definitely shown that they can play at that level.”

Ahead of Sunday’s Division 2 final against Kildare, Gormley expects the team they beat at the same venue in round one to be a tougher prospect after picking up nine points from their last five games.

“They are going to be tough, they're always big and strong around the middle and they have Dermot Earley back. They’ve a great attacking half-back line. I don’t know what Emmet Bolton has hit, a couple of goals and six or seven points, so they are going to be hard to beat.”

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