A glance at the Tyrone team-sheet for that seven point reversal against the Dubs in last August’s Quarter-Final in comparison with the starting 15 who played against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday, would back-up Micky Harte’s insistence that the Red Hands are already planning for the future.
The side at the weekend showed seven changes from that which lined out for the last Championship appearance of 2011 and after this latest humbling by another southern giant, then the rebuilding process is likely to be accelerated further looking ahead to next term.
Conor Gormley stressed however that it was vital not to throw the baby out with the bath watar, insisting that it was important to retain experienced campaigners to provide the building blocks for the future.
“We will see what happens. We’ll get stuck into the club football now building for the Championship and concentrate on that first and foremost. It’s going to be a long spell now till Tyrone resumes with the McKenna Cup in January, almost six months and a lot can happen during that time.
“I’d say there will be no rash decisions made. There is still a lot of good talent in that team. Hopefully some of the older more experienced boys will stay on to guide the newer lads. I suppose there’s ones who have been there a few years now who are ready to take on the mantle that some of us older ones have had to carry.”