Talented Tyrone forward, Ronan O’Neill, has quit the panel following the conclusion of the Allianz Football League citing a lack of game time as the reason for walking away.
As reported by the Team Talk Mag, O’Neill has opted out of Mickey Harte’s squad ahead of their 2019 Championship campaign after not having made a single league appearance this year.
O’Neill had been playing throughout the Red Hands run to the Dr McKenna Cup back in January but since then has found appearances limited.
The 2010 All-Ireland minor winner was highly touted by Tyrone coming through and was expected to make a big splash on the senior inter-county scene, however, he has never really hit the heights expected.
There have been some flashes of his obvious brilliance, most notably in Tyrone’s 2017 Ulster final victory over Down when he came on as a late substitute to score a beautiful chip goal.
However, moments like this have come few and far between for the St. Enda’s man and he has now found himself seemingly out of Mickey Harte’s plans.
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Speaking to Team Talk Mag, O’Neill described it as “the toughest football decision that I’ve ever had to make”, whilst also reiterating that he holds no hard feelings towards anyone in the Tyrone set-up.
“At my age, I just want to play games,” the Omagh club man said.
“I spoke to Mickey Harte and I’ve no hard feelings at all with anyone in the Tyrone setup. I’ve opted out and I’ve left on good terms with everyone.
“I’ve loved playing with Tyrone and hopefully this won’t be the end of the journey. I’ll be at all the championship games this summer and I really hope that the lads can go on and lift Sam.”