Tomás Ó Sé believes an evolving Tyrone have the tools to credibly contend for the All-Ireland SFC this year, especially when they get players like Cathal McShane back.

Under new management for the first time in almost two decades with Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher succeeding Mickey Harte, Tyrone opened their Allianz Football League Division 1 North campaign with a narrow defeat to Donegal before bouncing back with a win in Armagh last weekend and will hope to further underline their credentials against Monaghan on Saturday.

Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, former Kerry All-Ireland winner Ó Sé said he was impressed by the panel they have put together with the likes of Paul Donaghy, who scored four points at the Athletic Grounds, adding positively to the mix.

"I think Donaghy is a find and I suppose a confidence more than anything has jumped out for me," he said.

"Yes, he's a brilliant kicker but the confidence of him... he'll add to it and McShane will add to it when he comes back.

"But I do think they're trying to change it up. I do think they're trying to be more direct, I do think they're trying to get their heads up and those players we spoke about - Hampsey, McKernan - they have the couple of dogs at the back that are capable of doing it if they get the support and the work-rate when they're up.

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"I think when you look at Tyrone as a full squad, they do jump out as a team - can they run, can they have their attackers, have they got a good goalie - they tick a lot of boxes when it comes to it."

And he added that he feels that Tyrone "will put down a statement in this year's championship".

Oisin McConville agreed that Tyrone will be a potent threat later in the summer and the former Armagh All-Ireland winner also underlined how big a boost McShane's return from injury will be.

"If you're looking further down the line and I'm thinking who would be the best team to put it up to Dublin or Kerry, I said at the start of the year I thought Tyrone. I still think that," he said.

"And we haven't seen McShane yet. I think that opens up a whole new line of possibilities for Tyrone who are already, as you can see, evolving.

"But I think throwing McShane in there and I think Tyrone will be a very dangerous animal."

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