Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Everyone looks at Dublin and raises an eyebrow at their cars' - Sean Cavanagh

Sean Cavanagh at yesterday’s launch of the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 football championship. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Sean Cavanagh at yesterday’s launch of the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 football championship. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone's players will do whatever it takes to reach the top including dipping into their own pockets if necessary, according to Seán Cavanagh.

Accounts released by Club Tyrone last week revealed that they spent €485,000 on their county teams in 2016, a figure that pales in comparison to other counties.

Dublin regularly put well in excess of €1m into their teams while Mayo spent €1.63m last year as a number of their teams enjoyed remarkable runs, including the senior footballers contesting an All-Ireland final replay.

And while Cavanagh insists they want for nothing in the Tyrone set-up, he does admit to feeling jealous of some of the perks enjoyed by others.

"Like anything you'd like that wee bit more to get the best nutrition or best whatever. But the guys are equally willing that if the county's not spending it on us, the guys will spend on themselves. They don't really cause that much of a fuss about it," Cavanagh said.

"There is times that you're slightly jealous of the likes of the Dublins. We get the basics right. I suppose as a player group, we don't see probably ourselves as that high maintenance. It's like anything, I think everyone looks at Dublin and raises an eyebrow when you see them with their cars and whatever else. At times you do feel that.

"But look it we're amateurs, we're football players, I think the best thing about our group is we're lads that are in it for the right reasons to try and win games. The expenses, the commercial bit, we don't get too carried away, whether it comes or not.

"We're all focused on that common goal to try and get silverware back in the county. Whatever happens outside of that is beyond our control."

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Cavanagh insists that while he's ready to bring an end to a storied career at the conclusion of the current campaign, that doesn't mean he's ready to settle for a bit part role on his swansong.

The Moy clubman is '99pc' sure this is his last season with the Red Hand and despite coming off the bench in Tyrone's opening two league matches, he's gunning for a starting role.

"It (being a sub) is obviously something that I'm not all that used to but my body is feeling pretty good at the minute and I'm hoping to stay injury-free," said Cavanagh at the launch of the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 football championship. "Like anyone in the squad you want to have a starting position and I'm no different to the rest of the guys so it's head down in training time."

Even if Cavanagh won't be part of the Tyrone set-up in 2018, he expects Mickey Harte to be in situ.

Late last year the county board opted against extending his deal until the end of next year, meaning his current term is officially up when the current campaign ends.

However, Cavanagh believes the squad will want him to remain at the helm.

"I think we as players, we know that he's the man for the job. We don't see him as not being there next year. It's an automatic of Mickey Harte being the Tyrone manager and probably will be for a few years to come. It doesn't really change our job.

"Genuinely, I'd be very surprised if Mickey still wasn't there next year. Like anything, it'll be determined by success but I know Mickey. He's no plans to walk away."

Irish Independent

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