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Donnelly named Tyrone skipper

Mattie Donnelly has been named Tyrone captain.

TWO-TIME All-Star Mattie Donnelly is set to captain the Tyrone senior footballers for the 2018 campaign.

The Trillick man has been awarded the captaincy following the retirement of Sean Cavanagh, who skippered the side for four years.

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Donnelly, who turned 27 earlier this month, becomes the sixth captain to serve during Harte’s tenure, which is about to enter its 16th year.

He is only the second player under 30 to captain the Tyrone side during Harte’s tenure, following in the footsteps of the late Cormac McAnallen.

Donnelly, who was part of the Tyrone minor team that won the All-Ireland title in 2008, graduated to the senior ranks two years later. After a sabbatical in 2011, he rapidly rose up the ranks to become one of the most important players in Mickey Harte’s squad.

He won back-to-back All-Stars in 2015 and 2016 and was also part of this year’s International Rules squad.

Peter Harte has been named as vice-captain ahead of the new season, which throws in with a McKenna Cup clash at home to Antrim on January 3.

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