'You'd need to ask a Dub how to retain Sam'

June 07, 2022

Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly with Jason Duffy and Jarly Og Burns of Armagh. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Peter Canavan has lamented Tyrone's inability to win back-to-back All-Ireland SFC titles.

The Red Hands have never retained Sam and never looked like doing so this year after seven of last year's panel walked away. A disappointing season culminated in a six-point All-Ireland qualifier loss to neighbours Armagh last Sunday.

“We were lucky to survive in Division One because our last two games were against Mayo and Kerry, two teams that didn’t need the points, and we managed to get the points to stay up,” the 2003 All-Ireland winning captain told BBC Radio Foyle.

“We were mediocre against Fermanagh and very poor against Derry. A lot of Tyrone people were coming here more in hope than in confidence because simply we had too many main players that didn’t produce it this year.

“You’d need to ask a Dub man [how to win back-to-back All-Irelands] because we don’t know how to do it. For a starting point, we don’t need to lose seven players off the panel. That’s not right, that shouldn’t be happening.

“There are a lot of things that still need to be put in place in our county to get up to the level of Dublin and Kerry, and the sooner we do that the better.”

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