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Colm Cavanagh considering making Tyrone comeback

Colm Cavanagh called time on his Tyrone career before the start of last year's Championship, but admits he is tempted to make a comeback under the new management team of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher
Neil Loughran

JUST four months after calling time on his inter-county career, Colm Cavanagh hasn't ruled out the possibility of making a comeback with Tyrone.

The Moy man met the new management team of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher before Christmas to discuss their plans for the 2021 campaign, having taken over the reins from Mickey Harte towards the end last year

“My ultimate decision last year was down to a lot of factors in my life in where I was and how Covid had impacted on me,” said the 33-year-old, who was speaking at the launch of Electric Ireland's GAA Minor Special Recognition awards.

“Hearing the announcement of the new management set-up and new approach to things, there was a lot of thought in terms of whether there was another run in me. 

“I played last year up until February, still feeling okay. I had a wee bit of trouble with my knee, and then obviously the whole Covid piece and what was happening in my personal life obviously impacted on why I stepped away. 

“Over Christmas we had a few discussions around the dinner table and we heard the news about the new management set-up. I suppose I know a lot of the guys who are involved now personally, and I’ve played with them over the years. 

“Part of me was sitting going ‘I’ve played 13 years under the one regime, what is a short season?’ If the guys would be willing or even thinking of coming back to approach me, it would be nice. But ultimately there’s a lot of things that are going to come into play here if it was to happen.”

However, with counties expected to return to training next month, and the start of the National League likely to be delayed until mid-to-late March, time is running out for him to make a definitive call.

“We had a discussion before Christmas, just around what the thoughts were - I did sort of rule myself in that regard just at that time. 

“I said maybe we would touch base again in January just to see how things are. I wanted to just wind down and enjoy my Christmas and didn’t want to be involved in anything too heavy.

“The guys obviously anticipated that they were going to kick on in January in terms of training and whatnot, but obviously that has not happened.

“So look, I would never have completely ruled it out, but I think at this stage unless something changes in my head over the next few weeks then I’ll probably not see a return, but I wouldn’t 100 per cent rule it out at this stage.”

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