Cavanagh hopes O'Neill can be "final piece in the puzzle" for Tyrone

November 28, 2017

Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, Matthew Donnelly, Stephen O'Neill and Ciaran McGinley take to the pitch at Croke Park.
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Sean Cavanagh has backed former team mate Stephen O'Neill to improve Tyrone's attacking play in 2018.

O'Neill was recently added to Mickey Harte's backroom team for the Ulster champions' upcoming season and Cavanagh, who won provincial honours with his native Moy at the weekend, feels the former Footballer of the Year could help provide the Red Hands with what they've been missing.

"In Stephen O'Neill, there's probably no better instinctive forward that I have ever played with, even more than (Peter) Canavan, though Canavan was probably a better player than all of us," the three-time All-Ireland winner told The Irish News.

"But Stevie had that instinctive forward movement, that is hard to coach. And if Stevie can pass any of that on to the Ronan O'Neills, the Mark Bradleys of this world, boy Tyrone will be a hard team to live with.

"He's a good lad, Mickey trusts him, and hopefully he'll be the final piece in the puzzle for this team."

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