Philip Jordan returns to Tyrone panel

    The “will he, won’t he” saga concerning the inter-county future of Tyrone defender Philip Jordan has finally been put to bed,with confirmation that the player will return to training with the county on Thursday night.

    Jordan left the Red Hands panel midway through the season and has now come out and explained that he needed time to decide if he could make the huge commitment that championship football required.

    “I told Mickey (Harte) that I would be taking a bit of time in January and February in bid to clear up some groin and hip problems and that’s what I did. I have to say I enjoyed the break,” Jordan told the official Tyrone website.

    “We had always pencilled in a return to action somewhere close to the end of the league campaign and that’s exactly what happened. I got ten minutes or so at the end of the Kildare match but the following day I told Mickey I needed a bit more time to consider whether or not I was ready to commit to the rest of the year. He was happy for me to have that time.

    “I know that there are all sorts of stories going around but I hate to disappoint people – there’s been no row. It just came down to establishing whether or not I had the hunger for another championship run.

    “There’s a serious amount of commitment needed to prepare for an Ulster Championship and an All Ireland run if you’re lucky enough to get that far. It’s not just about turning up to games and togging out. You need to be mentally prepared.”

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