Tyrone legend Owen Mulligan has criticised Lee Brennan for his decision to walk away from the county panel due to a lack of game time.
Brennan had made just one appearance for the Red Hand during the Allianz League campaign and reportedly informed Mickey Harte of his decision over the weekend.
He is the second player to walk away from Harte’s squad following Ronan O’Neill’s decision following the conclusion of the league.
Paddy Power GAA Ambassador Mulligan believes that Brennan should have stayed and fought for his position instead.
“Lee Brennan is one of many players tipped for greatness, but lack of game time has prompted him to withdraw from the county fold. Some might say that Harte’s system did not suit the likes of Ronan O’Neill, Brennan and even Darren McCurry last year.
“Bottom line is, when given your chance by Harte you have to take it. It is easy to throw your head up and walk away. How about stay and fight for the starting jersey?
“Players grow stale, and being a forward you need to playing week in week out to capture your championship form. Brennan is prime example of this. Along with his hamstring problems he has fell down the pecking order which has laid to his difficult decision.
“Knowing Harte, he would have tried to persuade Brennan to stay, and to be fair to Harte he’s give Brennan ample chances in big championship games to shine and didn’t take them.”
Tyrone made hard work of their 1-19 to 1-13 win over Derry in the first round of the Ulster Championship earlier this month and are currently preparing for their outing against Antrim at the weekend.
Mulligan believes this will be a much easier affair for Harte’s side.
“This will be nothing more than a training exercise for Tyrone this weekend. We saw Derry huffing and puffing two weeks ago but Tyrone were always that one step. The gulf between a division 4 and a division 1 team is massive.
“Tyrone can afford to play some fringe players this weekend and give them a championship run out. -10 is being kind, this could be painful for Antrim on Saturday night.”