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Conor Meyler provides All-Ireland SFC Final fitness boost for Tyrone

GAA Football All- Ireland Senior Championship Quarter - Final Tyrone v Dublin.21/07/2018.Dublin Ciaran Killykenny Tyrone Conor Meyler.Pic Philip Walsh.
Francis Mooney

CONOR Meyler has insisted he will be fit for the All-Ireland SFC final on September 2.

But he'll have to remove a knee-brace and discard the crutches which assisted his movement at Croke Park at the weekend.

Tyrone's all-action wing-forward missed the narrow semi-final win over Monaghan due to the knee injury he sustained in the Super 8s clash with Donegal a week earlier.

However, he revealed that the damage is not serious, and amounts to nothing more than bruising.

"I'm ready to rock, I'm looking forward to it and it's a great opportunity," he said.

"I have three weeks to get ready and it's plenty of time, and I'm just really glad personally that the boys were able to get over the line.

"The All-Ireland final and the build-up is something that we'll enjoy now. we may as well, because I suppose that's part and parcel of it. is the build-up.

"Full fitness should be no issue. I'm working away as it is at the minute, but in terms of a starting line-up spot isn't what I'm thinking about at the minute."

The Omagh man accepts that he may have to settle for a place on the bench for the Sam Maguire Cup decider against champions Dublin.

His replacement Kieran McGeary has performed superbly in the meantime, and having frequently made impact as a substitute through the Red Hands' championship run.

"Every man who's part of the 26 sees an opportunity to make an impact. To be honest it doesn't really matter if you start the game or finish the game. We have an end objective, and the objective is to win the game.

"Whatever way we manage to do that, I don't think it really matters if we win by ten points or we win by one point, who starts, who finishes, as long as we reach the end objective.

"And I think that's the big thing about this team, is that there's no egos, and everybody is willing to play their part, be it on the sideline, be it one the pitch, be it in the background team.

"Nobody is looking for the limelight, it's just whatever it takes to get over the line. It's just about how I can impact the team, and what every role I can impact the team, is better than nothing, so that's really what I'm looking at the minute, how can I play some part."

Meyler's not expecting any surprises from Dublin. Their greatest strength is the level of excellence with which they execute the key tenets of the game, be it tactically, technically or athletically.

And they have proven that when they get it right, as they normally do, few teams can live with the Sky Blues.

"I suppose every team that plays Dublin are going to be the underdogs, but I'd say Dublin's mentality won't change. They'll just see it as another team. They're always the favourites going in, so I don't think it's going to change their perspective.

"For ourselves, going in against Dublin in Omagh, we were still probably underdogs, so I don't think it's going to change anything.

"If anything, Dublin will be looking at themselves thinking, we have home advantage now in Croke Park, and they'll be looking back at Healy Park and saying, we were able to beat Tyrone on their home patch.

"But at the end of the day, on All-Ireland final day, anything can happen. We're really looking forward to it. we have played Dublin this year, and we know how good they are.

"They're an incredible force, tactically, physically, they are phenomenal. But we'll give it a rattle, and see."

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