Monday 21 May 2018

Sean Cavanagh reveals the news no Tyrone fan wants to hear

Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
EirGrid U21 Football Ambassador Sean Cavanagh. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Seán Cavanagh is "99pc sure" that he's ready to bring the curtain down on his glittering inter-county career at the end of the current season.

Having made his debut way back in 2002, the Tyrone star is in his 16th campaign with the Red Hand and he doesn't envisage being around in 2018.

"I'm pretty sure of that," Cavanagh replied, when asked if he plans to hang up the boots at the end of the season. "I'm 99pc confident of that."

The Moy clubman, who is 34 later this month, is one of the longest-serving players on the inter-county circuit.

"In my eyes, this is it. I genuinely love every minute that I'm training. It's absolutely Baltic in Garvaghey but I love going training.

"I love spending time with the guys. I know that you'll ever be able to replace that camaraderie that you have with the team.

"We're lucky in Tyrone that we don't have any club rift. Everybody who turns up to train for Tyrone is 100pc committed to try and do the best for Tyrone.

"It's a great environment to be in. I'm really enjoying it at the moment because I know that this will be the end of it."

Cavanagh is motivated by a desire not to overstay his welcome. "You want to be fair to the rest of the guys too. I'd never like to think that I'd be living on a reputation or something like that," he said.

"I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my career to win what I have won but at the same time I don't want to be the person who is training only once a week to be part of something where the rest of the guys are putting in the hard work.

"That was the basis I came back on this year - that if I wasn't fit to do the things that everyone else was doing, including the gym stuff and four or five nights a week, I wouldn't do it.

"I know that will be more difficult next year and the year after so I have it in my head that this is it."

Irish Independent

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