Crazy competition for places in Tyrone

08 August 2017

Peter Hagan of Derry with Ronan O'Neill and Mark Bradley of Tyrone

Mark Bradley says it's crazy how many players are vying for starting places in the Tyrone football team.

The Red Hands have been mightily impressive in their four championship outings so far this year and manager Mickey Harte will have his work cut out to select his best XV for the forthcoming All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

“It really is crazy and the intensity is going up and up,” Killyclogher clubman Bradley told The Irish News. “Every training session, every in-house match is crazy. It was tough on ‘DD' Mulgrew getting dropped coming into Croke Park, but he kicked on and scored 2-1, and had a shout for Man of the Match.

“It shows the bench we have. Darren [McCurry] coming on and getting a nice score as well, Richie [Donnelly] and Rony [O'Neill] did brilliant.”

Bradley himself has been doing well - he attributes his eye-catchng displays to his team-mates: “The likes of Petey Harte, Matthew Donnelly and Niall Sludden hitting the ball into you, makes it an awful lot of difference, a lot easier. I make the run and they just pick me out, and that extra bit of confidence comes with Mickey just picking me.”