SOMETIMES having a batch of players on the county squad is perceived as an inconvenience for clubs, but Galbally boss John Moylan couldn’t be happier with their noteworthy representation on the Tyrone set-up.
Liam Rafferty, Conor Quinn and Daniel Kerr have been joined by a fourth member of the Galbally team, Ronan Nugent, who sufficiently impressed in trials conducted by the new Tyrone management team before Christmas.
Congress voted on a new split-season a fortnight ago, handing over the second half of the calendar year to clubs, alleviating some of the problems associated with having ‘too many’ club-men on the county squad, but Moylan didn’t see it as a major issue anyway.
Moylan said: “The way I see it – and Dungannon were the obvious exception last year – is that anyone who wins a county title in Tyrone has a sprinkling of county players.
“It’s really the next logical step for Galbally, having three or four players on the county panel, so I don’t see it as a bad thing. Whenever anyone is on the county panel, they bring a lot of quality back to the club.
“They come back with leadership qualities, they’re not quiet at the training sessions, they’re willing to stand up, give opinions and share information with the players and management.
“Obviously it’s not ideal if you’re playing league games without them as you’re relegated from the championship as well if you have a poor league campaign in Tyrone.”
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