Thursday 22 February 2018

Cavanagh sticks up for Tyrone officials

Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh has refuted claims made by an unnamed panel member and defended his county board over the level of funding for the senior side.

Funding in Tyrone has been a hot topic in recent days since it emerged that players have been asked for a £15 contribution towards the cost of equipment with Ronan McNamee confirming on Monday that such an arrangement was in place to help purchase foam rollers and bands.

An email sent to Newstalk last week by a disgruntled Tyrone footballer suggested that the request from chairperson Roisin Jordan was impacting on morale and damaging Tyrone's prospects of winning an All-Ireland title but Cavanagh has moved to quash those rumours in a short statement.

"On behalf of the Tyrone senior football squad, I wish to make it known that we are very well resourced by the County Board, Club Tyrone and our other sponsors and brand partners," he said.

"Yes, there are some issues of a minor nature but these matters are being addressed. We are most grateful for the continued support of the County Board, Club Tyrone and our generous sponsors."

Elsewhere, Ulster GAA submitted their planning application to Belfast City Council yesterday for redevelopments at Casement Park, which will now hold 34,186 as the new provincial stadium, after a lengthy 32-week consultation.

Antrim chairman Collie Donnelly believes it is a "major step" towards Casement Park resuming its place as "the heartbeat of Antrim GAA".

"I have vivid memories of the pride and honour, as a player and as a supporter of our county team and my club playing at Casement Park and I look forward to feeling those emotions again as our county and clubs have the opportunity to play in and watch major football, hurling and camogie games in Antrim's and Ulster's new provincial stadium."

Irish Independent

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