Friday 6 December 2019

Returning McCarron on comeback trail for Harte's Tyrone

Cathal McCarron established himself as one of the best defenders around in 2013 and would be a huge addition to the Tyrone panel. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Cathal McCarron established himself as one of the best defenders around in 2013 and would be a huge addition to the Tyrone panel. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former All Star nominee Cathal McCarron has taken a step closer to a return with Tyrone after taking part in a trial game in the county.

McCarron lined out for London briefly last year before personal issues brought his promising career to a halt.

But it now appears he could be ready to rejoin Mickey Harte's squad after lining out against a number of other hopefuls in a internal game in Tyrone's Centre of Excellence Garvaghey.

The Dromore clubman established himself as one of the best defenders around in 2013 and should he rediscover his best form, he would be a huge addition to the Tyrone panel.

The county endured a disappointing 2014 going down to Monaghan in the Ulster championship and later to Armagh in the qualifiers.

However, they look set to keep their squad intact with suggestions that veterans of the squad like Conor Gormley and Stephen O'Neill are ready to commit to another year.

Elsewhere, Tom Cribbin was appointed as Westmeath football manager for a three-year term last night.

Cribbin's appointment fills the last managerial vacancy in the country and ends the county's long search to find a successor to Paul Bealin.

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The clubs rejected Bealin when he was put forward for a second season earlier this year and also refused to ratify Peter Leahy's appointment. Cribbin, based in Clane, Co Kildare, has previously managed Laois but was most recently in charge of the Offaly footballers until 2011.

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