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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jordan admits raft of Tyrone stars could hang up their boots

None of the Tyrone players will be rushing into decisions over their future, but Philip Jordan believes more than half a dozen -- including himself -- will consider retirement.

Saturday's crushing defeat by Dublin is set to bring the curtain down on a number of glittering careers.

Mickey Harte has confirmed that he is to stay on as manager, but he faces the task of rebuilding his team and re-establishing Tyrone as one of the country's major forces. "A right few of us have a few decisions to make, but we'll sit down over the winter," said Jordan.

"We'll take our time, get the club season finished, and we'll all review our situation. But I'm sure there's going to be a few changes anyway."

Jordan briefly quit the squad earlier this year, before being persuaded to return by Harte.

The All Star wing-back was one of the team's most consistent performers during their six-game championship run.

Now he has admitted he will be revisiting thoughts of retirement. "There'll maybe be six or seven of us, but we'll take our time. There's no point in rushing into decisions like that. We'll see where it takes us in January." The Moy man conceded that Dublin struck devastating form at Croke Park last Saturday evening, but insisted that the Tyrone players must feel disappointed with their own display.

"They looked as if they could do no wrong, but we would be disappointed with our own performance.

"We didn't put enough pressure on them all around the field. Dublin were clearly the better team on the night, but we probably made it very easy for them."

And Jordan admitted that with half an hour still to play, there was no way back for a flagging Tyrone side as Dublin turned the screw.

"Once the first five minutes of the second half was gone, probably the game was up at that stage. At least we didn't drop our heads.

"We could have gone on and got beat by 13 or 14 points, but the boys kept battling on, got a few scores and didn't let them run away with it, so I suppose that's something.

"It just turned out that we weren't good enough this year, and I suppose that's the hardest thing to take. We were clearly beaten by a better team."

Irish Independent

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