Monday 24 October 2016

Squad defections disappoint Mickey Harte

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

Mickey Harte is facing an exodus from his Tyrone squad
Mickey Harte is facing an exodus from his Tyrone squad

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte says he's disappointed that half a dozen players have chosen to quit his squad.

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The six have walked away in recent weeks, most citing a lack of game-time for their decisions to depart the Red Hand set-up.

Ryan McKenna has become the latest defection. His brother Emmet, along with Paddy McNeice, PJ Lavery, Shay McGuigan and Dwayne Quinn departed before the Ulster Championship opener against Donegal.

Last season, a trio of McKenna brothers were members of the squad. None of the three are now involved, with teenager Conor having joined Aussie Rules club Essendon.

"I think it is a bit disappointing when players put in a good effort for a period of time, and then decide to move away," said Harte.

"I know that those players put in a huge effort when they were there, and it is a pity that they don't feel they should stick around and work at trying to improve themselves and get that chance if it does appear.

"There might be different influences upon that encourage them to make a different decision, and I have to respect those influences."

Tyrone face Limerick in a qualifier tomorrow week.

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