Ahead of the 2018 season, Mickey Harte is putting the final preparations to his backroom team before Tyrone’s Dr McKenna Cup campaign.
The Red Hand experienced a heartbreaking end to what looked a hugely promising 2017 season. After a dominant march to an Ulster title, they saw off Armagh with ease to set up an All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin. The hammering which ensued left many pondering the next move for the side.
However, there are reasons for optimism. The 12-point loss to Dublin was certainly an off-day, and many feel that this was not a true reflection of the level which the Red Hand were at in 2017.
The emergence of David Mulgrew was an undoubted positive, while they played the entire season without the injured Connor McAliskey.
Manager Harte is eager to push the team on in 2018, and according to a report in Gaelic Life today, he has made an astute appointment.
As reported in the paper, Harte is bringing in 2005 Footballer of the Year Stephen O’Neill into his backroom team.
The 37-year-old, a three-time All-Ireland winner, is one one of the greatest forwards which the county has ever produced. He will bring a wealth of experience to the set-up as the county look to defend their Ulster title next year and push on later in the summer.