THE patience, commitment and determination shown by Conall McCann and Padraig Hampsey before making their breakthrough into the starting fifteen should act as an inspiration for others, according to Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.
The Killyclogher midfielder and Coalisland defender grasped their opportunity with both hands when given the nod to start last time out in the Ulster Championship opener against Derry.
Harte was delighted with the performances of both players who had each bided their time in the shadows before bursting into the national spotlight at Celtic Park. The Red Hand boss praised their attitude and application having been overlooked for selection at regular times over the past year.
“ Conall has been with our panel for a few years. For a variety of reasons maybe he didn’t nail down a starting place. But he was there because he was a good footballer. We like good footballers and we like them to get better and I think he has gone through that process. He had great qualities when he came in but he knew that he had to add to those qualities.”
Harte added: “ Padraig Hampsey is another example of that. He was with us last year and got very little gametime but he always put his head down and wanted to learn. He always engaged with us about how he could improve. When his chance came he took it as well. So both Paudie and Conall are an example for others.
“ Sometimes people would like to get more gametime than they do and they have to be patient. The secret is not to let that bother you and when the opportunity comes to seize it. It’s about being ready when your chance comes and certainly when their chance came this time they were ready and delivered a good performance.”
Harte meanwhile confirmed that Dromore utility man Ronan McNabb was struggling to shake off an ankle injury, sustained in a club game, to make himself available for selection for Sunday’s clash with Donegal at Clones. He had better news to report however on experienced defensive duo, Justin McMcMahon and Cathal McCarron, who both sat out the Derry match.
“ Justy hadn’t trained at all up to the Derry game. He has played a few club games since that and has been doing some full training with us. He’s certainly now in a better place than he was then. Cathal McCarron is also back with us training so his prospects are good too.”
Posted: 2:08 pm June 13, 2017
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