Cavanagh dreaming of Croker return

November 27, 2017

Sean Cavanagh leads his Tyrone teammates out for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash against Dublin at Croke Park.
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Sean Cavanagh is on the verge of making an unexpected return to Croke Park following Moy's capture of the Ulster club IFC title yesterday.

The former Footballer of the Year thought his Croke Park days were over after his final game for Tyrone ended in a crushing 0-11 to 2-17 defeat to Dublin in August's All-Ireland SFC semi-final. But he is now looking forward to another All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry and Munster champions An Ghaeltacht in the New Year, with a final appearance at Croker the prize at stake.

"It would be nice. That's the dream," Cavanagh said in an interview with RTE after Moy's one-point win over Rostrevor.

"To come away from Croke Park that day at the end of August and step out of the inter-county spotlight and come back to my club, everyone was telling me how difficult it was going to be.

"If someone had said to me that day 'your club will go on and win Tyrone and finish the job in terms of the provincial piece' I would have taken it. I thought my Croke Park days were over when I walked off after 55 minutes of the semi-final this year.

"If I walk back with the club it would really be the icing on the cake in terms of my career."

Cavanagh will come up against a familiar face in Marc Ó Sé, who is An Ghaeltacht player-manager, in the semi-final.

"We'll have a good Christmas and enjoy the next few weeks but when we've come this far, and we're Ulster champions, we'll look forward to taking on a big team that has so much prestige and still a couple of Kerry players floating around," he said.

"I spent a long time soldiering against the likes of Marc Ó Sé. It'll be a different setting to what we're used to, but I'm sure he'll be in the same situation as in it will mean every bit as much," he added.

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