THE big message from Tyrone Premier boss David Harvey to his players is ‘be positive’.
That’s been the County Armagh man’s tag line since taking charge of the county’s senior class of 2017 and the head coach is hoping the feeling of positivity will inspire his players to perform to the best of their ability next week.
Harvey, who is assisted by Matthew Newell, Stephen Croft and Sean Doherty, is quietly confident his players are primed and raring to go after an encouraging period of preparation for the famed international tournament.
“My wee tag line has always been ‘be positive’, he said.
“For any team that is so important and probably more so when working with a group of county footballers for a short period of time.
“They have bought into it non-stop. They will keep going until the final whistle. They have been positive throughout the process and in particular in the warm-up games they have never fallen short on that score.
“They’re a very keen, eager bunch of lads.
“Admittedly at the start there had been a few issues but once the ground rules were firmly established the boys have been brilliant.
“If I ask that something is done it was done.
“They are keen to learn, to listen, they ask what they can do to be better.”
Ahead of Monday’s kick-off against Beijing Morning Star, a game that has been switched from Broughshane to the Ballymena Showgrounds to facilitate showing the match of TV, Harvey said it had been a major challenge preparing players in just two months.
The county under-17 supremo said key was finding a system and style the players were comfortable with while trying to develop a strong work ethic and bond within the group.
“The bottom line is I’m burrowing these players for a tournament, I have them for about eight weeks,” he continued.
“I can’t change too much. I have to find a system that they are used to playing. I have to find out what position they play and find a style of play they are all comfort with.
“You can’t change everything. My role is about fine tuning. “It’s important that everyone feels part of the family!”
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