Tyrone have received another pre-All-Ireland final boost with the announcement of their midfielder Enda McGinley as the winner of the Tennent's/Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award for August.
McGinley was a tower of strength in the Red Hands' engine room for last month's championship wins over Dublin and Wexford.
Accepting the award from Inbev Ireland's Joe McGrane at the Ulster Brewery, the 27-year-old powerhouse said: "I'm not used to getting personal awards. This is a very nice honour to get before the All-Ireland final. It's a very important award."
McGinley had stiff competition for the August gong from a number of his Tyrone team-mates, including Sean Cavanagh and Colm McCullagh.
Also noted by the judges was the victory of Monaghan ladies over Mayo in the All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final.
McGinley, a physiotherapist by profession, already has quite a medal haul when you consider his two All-Ireland senior Celtic Crosses from 2003 and 2005, his two All-Ireland Under-21 medals, one national minor medal, an Ulster club and three Tyrone Championship awards and two county Under-21 medals, one minor and one Under-14 medals.
He admitted: "That's not a bad haul, but I would dearly like to add another All-Ireland senior medal on Sunday week."