By Niall Gartland
Monday marked the long-awaited return to collective training for clubs in the North, but questions remain about how the upcoming season will unfold. Accordingly, we’ve sought the views of a number of Tyrone club players on their hopes for the year ahead.
Here, Greencastle footballer Mark Carson answers our questions.
1. How has the latest lockdown been for you and Greencastle?
Speaking personally, lockdown has had its ups and downs. There has been a lot more family time especially at weekends, but it was also tough trying to find the motivation to get out training not knowing when football will commence again.
2.The GAA released its revised calendar last week – what did you make of it from a club players’ perspective?
The revised calender is welcome but still adds a little uncertainty to club players. But with the weeks passing and summer fast approaching we can only hope Tyrone club football will soon be back in full flow again.
3. Do you feel the Tyrone CCC did a good job with last year’s fixtures? Did you enjoy it and would you like any changes this time around?
Full credit to the Tyrone CCC last year as the structure was brilliant under difficult circumstances. I would, however, suggest they change the league structure so the top two in each group progress to semi-finals before the final. With regards to the championship, I think I speak for everyone in Tyrone when i say it was the most enjoyable club championship in many years.
4. What are your hopes for the season ahead? What is your club looking to achieve?
Challenging for silverware is always the aim for Greencastle, and this year will be no different.