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Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte during the official launch of the 2019 Ulster Senior Football Championship launch at the Hill of The O'Neill in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. 
Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte during the official launch of the 2019 Ulster Senior Football Championship launch at the Hill of The O'Neill in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. 

Harte supports ban on overseas training camps


By Orla Bannon

Mickey Harte is a supporter of the GAA's move to ban overseas training camps from 2020 onwards.

The crackdown on foreign trips will apply from next year while home-based camps will also be limited to no more than three days.

Carton House in Kildare has been a regular home-from-home for Tyrone over many years during Harte's reign and admits he never saw any benefit in the overseas camp.

“I was never really an advocate of foreign holidays anyway,” he said.

“I thought it was an awful lot to ask of the players to give up that much of their time, so it (ban) wouldn't bother me at all.

“When you're away, you'd feel you've got to put so much into this. I wonder how can you put so much into consecutive days?

“I feel a few days in Ireland, at the right place and the right time, will be just as beneficial.”

Speaking at last night's launch of the Ulster SFC at the Hill of the O'Neill in Dungannon, Harte reported no injury concerns ahead of the opening clash with Derry on May 12.

Mark Bradley, who missed the league due to his studies in Liverpool, is still a definite absentee with the player instead to opt to play football in America for the summer.

“Maybe if he wants to do that trip then this is the time to do it,” said Harte.

“He's taken this year out probably from county football maybe to enable him to get a chance to do that again.”

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