Reports coming from Tyrone suggest that three-time All-Ireland winner Philip Jordan may be on the verge of announcing his retirement from inter-county football even though Mickey Harte has denied it.
Jordan had been absent from the Red Hands panel for most of the winter but returned for his sides victory over Kildare last Sunday. He had suffered from a hip injury dating back 18 months and played little part in the campaign up until now.
However, rumours suggested the 30-year-old Moy clubman apparently let the management know on Monday that he no longer felt up to inter-county football and failed to turn up for training in Cookstown last night did little to quieten the rumours.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was asked about the situation and commented : “That’s not true (regarding retirement), it’s an internet thing at the minute, there’s no other story to it,” Harte declared to the Examiner.
Jordan has been an ever present in the Red Hand half back line over the last ten years, helping his county win All-Ireland titles in 2003, ’05 and ’08. He also won All Star awards in each of those years and added a fourth in 2010. Jordan also played on the Irish compromise rules team in 2005. If reports of his retirement prove correct, he will be a huge loss to Mickey Harte’s side.