TYRONE forward Ronan O’Neill has decided to leave the panel ahead of the championship because of his frustration at a lack of game-time.
The 2010 All-Ireland minor championship winner didn’t accrue any game-time over the course of the national league and has therefore decided to to focus on his club commitments with Omagh St Enda’s instead.
O’Neill hasn’t ruled out a return to the Tyrone team at a later stage. He won back-to-back Ulster Championship medals in 2016 and 2017 but has largely been restricted to a substitute role in recent years.
The 26-year-old told the Irish News: “It happened to be me this time and I just thought I wasn’t doing myself any justice sitting about there. I want to go back and play club football with Omagh which I love doing. I want to get a full year, hopefully injury-free playing football and playing to the best of my potential.”
He added: “I thanked Mickey for helping me out over the years and the rest of the management – the boys who were there before and the boys who are there now – and the county board for supporting me.
“It’ll not be the end of me but, for the time being, it’ll be a halt of the progress.”