Monday 23 April 2018

In brief: Tyrone bid to stop Jordan quitting

Tyrone will attempt to dissuade Philip Jordan from retiring from inter-county football in the coming days after he failed to turn up for training in Cookstown last night, writes Colm Keys.

Jordan, Tyrone's most decorated defender with three All Stars, apparently let the management know on Monday that he no longer felt up to inter-county football.

Last year he came close to retiring, but Mickey Harte managed to persuade him to stay on and he finished the season with an All Star.

He underwent hip surgery over the winter and made his competitive comeback against Kildare on Sunday. But that cameo convinced him that he no longer felt he had the desire to play inter-county football.

Tyrone captain Brian Dooher will lead the charge this week to convince the 30-year-old to reverse his decision. Tyrone are denying that Jordan has retired, but it will be difficult to change his mind again.

St Patrick's ban blades after spate of injuries

THE St Patrick's club in Fermanagh have taken an innovative stance on footwear after a spate of cruciate knee injuries in 2010, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Four players suffered the injury inside a 12-month period, which prompted last year's Fermanagh SFC finalists into action.

They put a ban on their players wearing 'blades' and instead asked them to stick to traditional studs or moulded boots.

"We had never seen anything like it before," said club chairman Paddy Boyle. "The only common denominator was that the four lads were wearing blades.

"So, we've asked the lads to stick to moulded boots or studs."

Louth return off trio's travel plans

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick is resigned to being without the trio of players who emigrated to Australia at the end of 2010, writes Colm Keys.

There was growing hope in Louth football over the last few weeks that John O'Brien, Mick Fanning and Brian White would cut short their stay Down Under and return home for the championship season.

But that hope appears to have been dashed, with O'Brien moving to Boston for the summer. O'Brien has been in Perth since December; the other two have been based in Sydney.

Fitzpatrick is uncertain of their movements but he does not expect them back.

"They are making a decision later in the week. It's unlikely they'll be home. We wish them well in whatever they do. We'd love to have them," said Fitzpatrick.

A more pressing concern for Fitzpatrick is the absence through injury of full-forward Shane Lennon, who will miss Sunday's clash away to Waterford, which Louth must win to ensure they remain a Division 3 side.

Irish Independent

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