STRICKEN Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan says he has already trained his sights on starting next season in the best physical condition after a knee ligament injury sustained during club action ruled him out out for the rest of this season.
"I'm looking to next season now and staying positive," Morgan insisted after it was confirmed that he had suffered medial ligament damage whilst lining out with Edendork last weekend, a blow which requires surgery and an estimated four-month rehabilitation time frame. "There's nothing else you can do."
Morgan looked like Mickey Harte's find of the year after nailing down the number one jersey, thanks to both his sharp goalkeeping skills and, perhaps even more notably, his excellent long-range free-taking abilities.
The 21 year-old scored 0-18 from placed balls during the Red Hands' march to this year's Allianz League Division 1 final, although his kicking malfunctioned in Tyrone's Ulster SFC loss to Donegal in Ballybofey when he successfully converted just one of six attempts at goal.
"It's a different sort of a challenge for me," the former Irish League custodian (Dungannon Swifts) added of his rehab. "It's probably going to be a personal challenge for me to get back to where I was at this year.
"All I can do is hope for the best, work hard and try to get recovered as quickly as I can without any more setbacks," he concluded.
ULSTER U21H SHIELD FINAL
Celtic Park: Donegal v Tyrone, 7.30, N Mullaney (Armagh)
ALL-IRELAND SHC QUALIFIER PRELIM RD
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Wexford Park: Wexford v Antrim, 3.0, J Sexton (Cork)
Ruislip: London v Westmeath, 4.30, C Lyons (Cork)
Tullamore: Offaly v Waterford, J McGrath (Westmeath)
LEINSTER MHC SEMI-FINAL
Parnell Park: Dublin v Kilkenny, 3.0, P O'Dowd (Carlow)
Castlebar: Mayo v Leitrim, 5.30, S Hehir (Galway)
CONNACHT SFC SEMI-FINAL
Carrick-on-Shannon: Leitrim v London, 3.30, B Cassidy (Derry)
CONNACHT MFC SEMI-FINAL
Carrick-on-Shannon: Sligo v Roscommon, 1.30, L Devenney (Mayo)
ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL
Kingspan Breffni Park: Donegal v Down, 2.0, E Kinsella (Laois) LIVE RTé/BBC
ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL
Kingspan Breffni Park: Tyrone v Down, 12.15, N Mooney (Cavan)
LEINSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL
Portlaoise: Dublin v Kilkenny, 3.30, J Ryan (Tipperary)
LEINSTER MHC SEMI-FINAL
Portlaoise: Laois v Wexford, 1.45, D Harrington (Dublin)
MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL
Gaelic Grounds: Cork v Clare, 4.0, B Kelly (Westmeath)
MUNSTER IHC SEMI-FINAL
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick: Cork v Clare, 1.45, P Casey (Waterford)