McAliskey doesn’t regret decision to opt out

CONNOR McAliskey says he’s happy with his decision to take a sabbatical from the intercounty game.

McAliskey quit the panel back in November as he didn’t feel “physically” or “mentally” prepared to commit for the current season.

Speaking last week – before Tyrone’s big defeat to Galway on Sunday – he said that he has no regrets about his decision.

My decision was made due to the fact I needed a physical and mental break from it all. The commitment was tough.

I dislocated my ankle in 2017 and then I dislocated my knee as well, and with my personal life as well I didn’t think I was able to commit.”

Tyrone fans will still have an opportunity to watch McAliskey strut his stuff this year, however, as he’s still commited to his club Clonoe, who are under the stewardship of Armagh legend Stevie McDonnell at the moment.

I’m still playing away with my club. Stevie’s in with us and we’re starting to play club friendlies and I’m really enjoying that side of things.

It’s helping to get the enjoyment factor back, and that’s something that had probably been lost with the physical and mental commitment.

I didn’t enjoy the game as much and I needed to take a step back. I’m still following Tyrone and still going to games and I’m sure come the summer time I’m probably miss it more than I would in November and December when you’re running around Garvaghey, but that’s something I had to take into account when I made my decision.

I’m happy with my decision and still supporting the lads and hoping they do well.”

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