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Harte's vote of confidence in his captain Dooher

FITNESS permitting, Brian Dooher looks set to skipper Tyrone footballers for another season.

The man who has twice lifted Sam Maguire, in 2005 and '08, has been dogged by injuries in recent seasons while all the recent talk of a squad shake-up by Mickey Harte had fuelled speculation that the Tyrone boss would also install a new captain.

But Harte has now revealed that if Dooher stays injury-free, he sees "no reason why" he would change.

The 34-year-old is currently on a rehab programme that will determine whether he can put his body through the championship wringer one more time.

"We'll be keeping every avenue open for Brian Dooher. He is one of those men you would do that for," the three-time All-Ireland winning boss declared.

"He is a long way from doing flat-out work, but we're happy with the progress he's making. He is happy enough himself and I am optimistic that if things continue that way and he has as little pain as he has right now, then he will be with us.

"On the days when he is not able to play for the full game, then I'm sure Stevie (O'Neill) will fill in for him."

Declan's enlist top refs

TWO of the GAA's top whistlers have been enlisted to oversee proceedings at the St Declan's College Golden Jubilee Dublin GAA night at St Brigid's GAA club (Russell Park) tomorrow night.

Westmeath's Barry Kelly will referee the hurling clash between Anthony Daly's Dublin and the St Declan's All-Stars (7.0) with Monaghan's Pat McEnaney in charge of the football fixture between Pat Gilroy's Dublin and another all-star cast of former Declan's students (8.30).