Sunday 22 October 2017

London keen to add troubled Tyrone star McCarron to ranks

Cathal McCarron, Tyrone
Cathal McCarron, Tyrone
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

London football manager Paul Coggins is hoping to entice Tyrone corner-back Cathal McCarron to throw in his lot with the Exiles this season.

The Dromore man was arguably Tyrone's best defender last year and finished the summer with an All Star nomination.

But after revelations that he had some gambling-related personal problems, he moved cross-channel last winter and is now playing with south London club Round Towers.

If McCarron is to become eligible for the Exiles for the upcoming Allianz League, he will have to play in the local 2014 club championship, which is due to start this weekend.

Bad weather may see some games postponed, and McCarron is also understood to have an arm injury which could prevent him taking part this weekend.

Coggins needs any new recruits for the league to line out in club championship this weekend, but participation in the second round at the end of April would still make others available for championship in the summer.

Adrian Faherty, the former Galway senior goalkeeper who played outfield for his London club last summer, is another player the Exiles have approached.

The Exiles' profile rocketed in 2013 when they caused a massive sensation by beating Leitrim in a replay to reach the Connacht final and subsequently lined out in Croke Park in a last-round qualifier against Cavan.

Coggins is intent on building on last year's success and is particularly keen to use the Division 4 Allianz League campaign to push on.

"There were a lot of one-point games in our division last year and we reckon if we were scoring a few more points per game we would have been in contention for promotion, so we are keen to build on that," said Coggins.

However, Coggins could be without four of his Connacht final starters this season and another who came off the bench.

Midfielder Caolan Doyle has taken up a teaching job in Dubai and wing-forward Ciaran McCallion is heading to Australia later this month. Colin Daly, who replaced Doyle against Mayo, has returned to Dublin.

Work commitments could yet rule out their long-time Galway stalwart Paul Geraghty, while Damien Dunleavy, who has committed to return, is out with injuries.

Irish Independent

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