Tyrone’s injury crisis has force manager Mickey Harte to seek reinforcements

Tyrone’s injury crisis has force manager Mickey Harte to seek reinforcements for his badly depleted attack.

He has called up talented attacker Ruairi Sludden, younger brother of Niall, ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Meath.

The Dromore man has been in flying form for his club Dromore, and a county call-up has put him in line for a dramatic debut at Paric Tailteann.

Lee Brennan and Mark Bradley have been ruled out by injury, while Peter Harte will miss the clash with the Royals through suspension.

“He’s a good footballer, I’ve seen him for a few years now. he’s a very competent player, he’s a forward, he knows where the goals are, and he’s got natural talent,” said Harte.

“So now we have to see can we harness that natural talent into what’s required to be able to do it at the next level.

“He’s a young man, he’s a fit man, and he has played under-age county level football, and for one reason or another, he never really fulfilled his potential to date, so the option is there now to see can he come on to the next level.

“It may take a little bit of time, but this is a good place to find out if he’s up for that. It’s another player to work with and help him develop and be the player that I feel he could be.”