Harte turned to his treble All-Ireland winning playmaker in the face of an injury crisis, with former Footballer of the Year Sean Cavanagh the latest in a string of attackers to be ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Ardboe man was one of a host of big name players to announce their retirement prior to the start of thisseason, including Brian Dooher, Philip Jordan, Enda McGinley and Kevin Hughes.
McGuigan has continued to play with his club, but his sudden return to the inter-county scene has beensomething of whirlwind, and he has just over a week to get himself up to the pace of Ulster Championshipfootball.
Tyrone have been robbed of four top-class forwards by injury, including McGuigan’s brother Tommy, as well as Kyle Coney and Ronan O’Neill.
Meanwhile, Cork boss Conor Counihan has reported a clean bill of health ahead of Sunday week’s Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry. Attacker Ciaran Sheehan has recovered from a cruciate ligament injury to be available to Counihan when he is selecting the team for the first time since last July’s provincial decider in Killarney. Sheehan was one of eight members of the Cork squad involved in competitive club hurling action last weekend yet Counihan revealed all emerged unscathed.
“Everyone’s fit at the moment. We had our fingers crossed last weekend but they’re all okay. We just hope now that everything will be alright for training over the next week. We’ve had a bad run of injuries over the last year but the tide seems to be turning now with Ciaran and Daniel back. Training has been competitive and we’ve plenty options now in the forwards.”
Finally, Leitrim’s joint managers, Barney Breen and George Dugdale, have handed championship debuts to Paddy McGowan and FabianMcMorrow for Sunday’s Connacht SFC clash with London.
McMorrow from Melvin Gaels comes in at centre-back while McGowan is named at right half-forward.
LEITRIM (SF v London): C McCrann; J Glancy (St Mary’s), C Egan, P Maguire; C Clarke, F McMorrow, W McKeon; D Sweeney, D Lowe; P McGowan, E Mulligan, P Brennan; R Cox, J Glancy (Glencar-Manorhamilton), A Croal.