Friday 9 December 2016

Boost for Tyrone as Cavanagh confirms he'll play on in 2017

Published 02/11/2016 | 02:30

Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Tyrone were handed a significant shot in the arm last night with captain Seán Cavanagh confirming he will return for another season with the Red Hand.

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The Moy clubman, who has made 225 appearances for the county since making his debut in 2002, made the announcement last night, ending speculation over his future.

"I'm a lucky man," he said on social media. "Hope to be fit & healthy enough to pull on my beloved Red Hand jersey in 2017. Couldn't finish like that."

Tyrone won their first Ulster title since 2010 earlier this year with Cavanagh helping to drag his side over the line against Donegal with a powerful late surge.

However, their year came to an end when they went down to Mayo by the minimum at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage.

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Meanwhile, the country's longest-serving footballer, Monaghan's Dick Clerkin, has announced his retirement from the inter-county game, breaking the last playing link with the 1990s.

Clerkin, who made his senior debut way back in the winter of 1999, confirmed the decision after a career that saw him make 179 appearances for the county, 54 of those coming in the championship.

However, major silverware eluded him until late in his career when the Farney men secured Ulster honours in 2013 and 2015.

His final run-out for Monaghan came during their drawn Ulster semi-final with Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park. He was an unused substitute as they went down to a shock defeat to Longford in the Qualifiers.

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