Wednesday 11 December 2019

Dooher aids Mulligan return

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Dooher has once again played a leading role in persuading a disaffected Tyrone player to return to the squad.

The Tyrone captain for the last eight championship campaigns is understood to have been one of the brokers that paved the way for a quick return by Owen Mulligan, who quit the squad last week.

Mulligan had grown disillusioned at the dearth of opportunities he had received in the championship, with just one start from three games.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was also in touch, and there was pressure from Mulligan's own Cookstown club members to return.

Mulligan has been a member of the Tyrone squad for 11 years and Harte has been consistent in trying to keep all his established players involved when the temptation has been to cut and go.

Earlier this year Philip Jordan left the squad, with a lack of hunger cited as the reason for his departure. But he returned a few weeks later with the Dooher-Harte negotiating axis again crucial.

Mulligan was back training last night, 10 days after his last involvement with the squad in the qualifier against Longford, when he came on as a replacement.

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