Tyrone boss Mickey Harte brings nine into McKenna Cup squad

Peter Hughes is challenged by Kildare's Peter Kelly

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has called up nine players to his Reds Hands panel for next month's McKenna Cup.

Niall McKenna and Peter Hughes return to the squad while the other seven are inter-county newcomers.

PJ Lavery and Danny McNulty helped Clonoe to this year's Tyrone club title while Ardboe's Shay McGuigan and Emmett McKenna of Eglish also come in.

Dungannon's Patrick Quinn, Hugh Gallagher of Omagh and Derrytresk's Kevin Campbell get a chance to impress.

Harte brought the nine players into the squad following a series of trials.

The Red Hands will be missing key names such as Stephen O'Neill, Conor Gormley, Kyle Coney and Sean Cavanagh for January tournament.

Tyrone have won the competition for the past two years, beating Monaghan 4-11 to 1-10 in the 2013 decider.

Harte's team start their campaign against Donegal at Ballybofey on 5 January and they also face Armagh and Queen's University in Section A.

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