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I'll be ready - Dooher

Brian Dooher is confident he will get back to the pace of championship football by the time Tyrone take on Monaghan in an Ulster first-round game on June 5.

The Red Hand skipper (35) has played barely half an hour's football this season. He came on as a 53rd-minute substitute in Sunday's drawn Allianz Football League tie against Meath -- his second appearance off the bench of the campaign.

"It will take a bit more, but it's good to get back in there, just to get the sharpness back," he said.

Dooher plans to work on his sharpness by getting in some game time with his club, Clann na nGael, starting with next weekend's opening league tie against Loughmacrory.

"It will come now with a few club games as well, and hopefully I will be in a better place come the championship," he added.

Tyrone's promotion push fell short on Sunday, but Dooher was pleased to see his side extend their unbeaten run to five games.

"It didn't look too good after the first couple of matches, but the boys put the heads down, worked hard and turned it around."

Irish Independent