Sean Cavanagh to decide future ‘sooner rather than later’

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh will make a decision on his future before the end of the month.

The treble All-Ireland winner is still agonising over whether to call time on his inter-county career or commit to a 16th season with the Red Hands in 2017.

Cavanagh has revealed that Moy’s early exit from the club championship has accelerated the process, and he expects to make his mind up earlier than planned. The Tír na nÓgs fell at the first hurdle in the intermediate championship, losing out to Derrylaughan, leaving their most famous player with a blank canvass upon which to begin to sketch out his future.

“It was disappointing with the club. It will be a case now of the next couple of weeks probably, having a few chats and deciding what to do,” he said.

“I’ll have a chat with the medical team, with Mickey (Harte) and with my own family, and whatever else, and see what’s right. But it will probably come a bit sooner rather than later now because of the effects of the club championship ending so early.”

Cavanagh has stated publicly the support of himself and the entire Tyrone squad for manager Mickey Harte, who last week had a request for an extension to his term turned down by the county board.

The team captain is confident that the Red Hands will rise to the challenge once again next year, and that Harte will uncover new talent to strengthen his squad.

“I think every year you always have an influx, you need an influx of three or four new players in any squad.

“The age profile of the team is quite young when you look at the majority of the lads there at the moment. But at the same time, there will always be a few guys of serious talent that are going to make the breakthrough, and rightly so.”

Niall Sludden was the stand-out discovery of 2016, and Cavanagh feels there are others just waiting to be spotted and given their opportunity to make an impact at inter-county level.

“Club football in Tyrone is very competitive, and you’re always going to unearth some guys who maybe weren’t there. You look at Niall Sludden, who has been in around the club scene for the last few years, been a major player for Dromore, and we didn’t probably know an awful lot of him until he was called into the squad this year.

“You saw the sort of impact he made on the team, so you’re trying to unearth another player of that quality, and there’s no doubt that there’s players out there.

“But equally, there’s probably a few players who maybe just didn’t get the same game time for one reason or another. Maybe they’re a year or two too early, but I have no doubt they will be looking to make a big name for themselves in 2017. I think we have a few of those in the squad as well.”


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