Tyrone fans have been handed a major boost heading into the 2019 campaign with the news that Darragh Canavan has been training with the senior panel according to the Ulster Herald.
Son of the legendary Peter, youngster Darragh has displayed very similar traits to that of his famous father, with many proclaiming him as the county’s next up and coming star, just as his predecessor was 30 years ago.
Darragh Canavan starred on the Tyrone side that won last year’s inaugural u17 All-Ireland title. The younger Canavan wowed spectators in Croke Park as he took opponents Roscommon for 1-03 from play.
Following his headline performances in HQ, Canavan graduated to his club, Errigal Ciaran’s senior side where he starred in their run to this year’s All-County Division One crown, as well as this he captained the club’s minor side to their second county championship in a row.
Tyrone fans will be hoping that the son of the county’s greatest ever player can carry his recent form into 2019 as he seeks to breakthrough into a Tyrone side who lost last season’s All-Ireland final to Dublin.
The news will come as a big boost to Tyrone fans who learnt of the news last week that diminutive forward Mark Bradley had opted out of the squad for 2019 as he focuses on his studies in Liverpool where he is set to graduate as a PE teacher.
Canavan will no doubt come into the Tyrone side with huge expectations and massive shoes to fill given the reputation his father carries.
Peter Canavan represented Tyrone with distinction from the early ’90s, captaining the ‘Red Hands’ to two U21 All-Ireland titles in 1991 & 1992. The full-forward scored 11 of Tyrone’s 12 points as they lost the 1995 All-Ireland final to Dublin.
Canavan would have to wait eight years for another All-Ireland final appearance, when he captained Tyrone to their first ever Sam Maguire title defeating old rivals, Armagh. The Red Hands backed up their maiden All-Ireland crown with their second two years later as ‘Peter The Great’ grabbed 1-1 to put Kerry to the sword.
Canavan retired after 2005’s All-Ireland success, leaving as one of the GAA’s most decorated players having won two All-Ireland senior titles, four Ulster titles, two National Leagues, six All-Star awards, as well as representing Ireland on numerous occasions.