Tyrone's McGuigan comes out of retirement

Brian McGuigan's decision to come out of retirement and rejoin the Tyrone panel has eased their injury crisis ahead of next week's Ulster SFC showdown with Armagh.

Brian McGuigan's decision to come out of retirement and rejoin the Tyrone panel has eased their injury crisis ahead of next week's Ulster SFC showdown with Armagh.

Red Hands manager Mickey Harte got in touch with McGuigan after four of his frontline forwards succumbed to injury - McGuigan's younger brother Tommy, Sean Cavanagh, Kyle Coney and Ronan O'Neill.

McGuigan had called time on his inter-county career prior to the start of this season, with two-time All-Ireland winning captain Brian Dooher, Philip Jordan, Kevin Hughes and Enda McGinley also bowing out.

But having maintained his fitness whilst continuing to play for his club Ardboe, McGuigan made a surprise return to training with Tyrone last night and featured in a training match in Clogher.

With the quarter-final clash with Armagh just over a week away, the 32-year-old forward is expected to come into contention for that game whether as a starter or a substitute.

The former All-Ireland winner and All-Star, noted for his playmaking capabilities, made his most recent appearance for Tyrone in last August's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.

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