Mickey Harte has pledged his support for a gaelic footballer battling against a gambling addiction.
Tyrone’s Cathal McCarron has spoken of enduring “tough times” through a problem his manager thought was behind him.
McCarron is reported to be in England seeking help to overcome his addiction and get his sporting career back on track.
According to a report in yesterday’s Irish News, the 25-year-old Dromore man has spoken out against allegations he had financial difficulties due to his gambling habit.
“It is a testing time for me and I reject allegations made against me. It is a tough time surely,” he said.
The defender – who recently lost an All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo – has won a string of awards for his performances on the pitch and has been told by Mr Harte to concentrate on getting better.
“I have known Cathal had this kind of problem for some years and I thought he was on top of it,” he said.
“The organisation that Cathal plays his sport for has provided support for players over the years for these sorts of things and it will be no different. But ultimately the individual concerned has to make the effort.
“I have been speaking to Cathal on the phone and this is not where he wants to be. Football is a secondary issue for Cathal at the moment,” Mr Harte added.