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McMahon delight as new faces revitalise Red Hand

TYRONE utility man Joe McMahon has admitted the influx of fresh blood is exactly what the county side needed.

The Omagh man agreed the Red Hand were a "bit stale" when they were knocked out of the All-Ireland by Cork last year and feels the new faces, including one-time AFL player Kyle Coney, have energised the squad.

"The time always has to come for a bit of change," he said. "There have been a few retirements. Lads have been impressing in club games and for the minors and U-21s so it's good for them boys to get a chance.

"Cork were the better team that day. Looking back, we were maybe a wee bit stale on the day and we didn't show up ourselves. We can learn from that because you can learn from losing as well as winning, as Mickey (Harte) always says."

Tyrone face Fermanagh for a place in the McKenna Cup final tonight and with almost 50 players vying to make the National League squad, Harte knows he faces some difficult calls.

"There's still a lot of questions to be considered. There's a lot of players performing well at times, and needing a wee bit of doing better at other times," Harte said.

"I'd like to last five games in this McKenna Cup and, if we can, then we'll have to really reflect on the five games."

Sean Cavanagh is expected to return to the squad in March while Brian Dooher has also committed to the cause for 2010.

Irish Independent

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