Conor McManus says Monaghan and other counties can take positives from Tyrone’s All-Ireland SFC success this year.
Monaghan exited the 2021 championship at the Ulster final stage to the Red Hands after suffering a one-point defeat at Croke Park in July, leaving Seamus McEnaney’s men to wonder what might have been as their neighbours went on to capture a fourth Sam Maguire Cup.
Speaking to Sky Sports GAA, McManus said that the result shows the Farney men aren’t all that far off the standard required.
"When we had Tyrone on the rack and we were playing all the football at the start of the second half, we had chances to tag on more scores and we didn't do it," said the Clontibret sharpshooter.
"When you go to Croke Park and you're playing in Ulster finals, you have to be nailing them chances.
"You have to take positives from [Tyrone's All-Ireland victory], especially when you are so far away from it. It is three or four months ago now and when you sit back and analyse it there are definitely things, we would not be happy with, but ultimately when you see Tyrone have gone on and won the championship... Now, I have to say 'hat's off to them' because of what they have done, but it gives every team encouragement.
"The fact that they went and got it done, the fact that teams that were coming up short these past five/six years, there is a new team in the mix now and everybody will feel if they push on and give it another blast they could be that team.
“I suppose it is good for football there is a new winner and maybe next year there will be as well."Tweet