Highly rated strength and conditioning coach, Peter Donnelly, is set to leave his role with Tyrone following the conclusion of this year’s All-Ireland campaign to take up a new role within the Ulster Rugby Academy.
Donnelly was an extremely decorated player in his own right picking up All-Ireland medals in 2005 and 2008 as part of the Tyrone senior panel as well as obtaining All-Ireland success at both minor and U21 level.
Since retirement, the Coalisland native has forged an extremely well-respected reputation as a strength and conditioning coach. He started his inter-county coaching career with Cavan and was seen as an integral part of their four-in-a-row winning Ulster U21 sides.
Donnelly made the move back to his native Tyrone in 2014 when the county’s fortunes had taken somewhat of a downturn by their standards. Since then he has become a highly valued member of Mickey Harte’s backroom team and is credited with putting together a programme that has seen a Tyrone resurgence in the last few years culminating in last year’s All-Ireland final appearance.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Donnelly will make the switch to Rugby Union following the conclusion of Tyrone’s All-Ireland campaign.
The Red Hands are back in action tomorrow evening when they take on Cork in Croke Park.