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Corey and Mone leave door open for Monaghan return

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Monaghan's Dessie Mone. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Monaghan's Dessie Mone. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Monaghan's Dessie Mone. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Monaghan veterans Dessie Mone (35) and Vinny Corey (36) have not ruled out a return to county football in 2020 and a reunion with the reappointed Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney.

The pair were to the fore as Clontibret swept to the Monaghan SFC title on Sunday in Clones and in the process collected their seventh senior medals, 17 years after they won their first as teenagers in 2002.

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Vinny Corey. Photo: Sportsfile

Vinny Corey. Photo: Sportsfile

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Vinny Corey. Photo: Sportsfile

And both men, who played key roles for the county in McEnaney's previous reign, will assess their inter-county futures after Clontibret's interest in the club championship comes to an end.

"I was talking to him and said I'll leave it until after the club championship finishes. I'll leave it a few weeks and decide then so I haven't made any decision," said Corey, who made his Monaghan championship debut in 2003.

Mone described Sunday's win as "one of the sweetest" of his seven wins but won't make any decision until closer to the end of the year.

"The last few years I have always just seen how the club season goes first and make sure the body is right and if I'm fit to do it. We are going to be involved in the Ulster club now so total focus is on the club at the minute and I'll chat to the Banty in a couple of months or so."

Conor McManus starred as Clontibret ended Scotstown's quest for five titles in a row, hailing the win as a "massive effort" from the entire club, after they flirted with relegation to the intermediate grade last season.

"This time of year when you are in the yellow and white and you are playing club championship games and winning championships you'd play all day and worry about the body another day.

"It's great for the club, great for everyone in it because a massive effort goes into running our club from the executive. There's a couple of key men in there. Colm Gormley, my father Frank, Aidan Woods, Ciarán Lavelle, Francie McGuigan, boys like that who are doing tireless work at the field developing juvenile teams. They live down there and these days are for boys like that."

Impressed Clontibret's form could see them rejoin the Monaghan set-up a little later than the rest but McManus is impressed with the backroom team McEnaney has assembled.

Monaghan have recruited former Tyrone strength and conditioning coach Peter Donnelly, data analyst Ray Boyne, who worked with Tipperary this year, and ex-Down star Conor Laverty as coach.

"Banty has assembled a great team, he has a super team around him. It's all systems go, we had seven unbelievable years under Malachy (O'Rourke) and the plan is to keep that rolling, it'll have to be a big start to the league for us, the league is the big one; you don't want to lose your Division 1 status so we have to get to work over the next couple of months and get a good pre-season on board."

Irish Independent