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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Tyrone footballer Cathal McShane during a training session at his home in Tyrone, on his return from an ankle injury, while adhering to the guidelines of social distancing. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Tyrone footballer Cathal McShane during a training session at his home in Tyrone, on his return from an ankle injury, while adhering to the guidelines of social distancing. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Tyrone footballer Cathal McShane during a training session at his home in Tyrone, on his return from an ankle injury, while adhering to the guidelines of social distancing. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Tyrone ace Cathal McShane is convinced he made the right decision to turn down a switch to the AFL and believes his suitors, the Adelaide Crows, didn't fully grasp what they were asking him to leave behind.

Around the turn of the year, McShane was offered the chance at a professional career in the AFL.

And while he admits he was tempted by the opportunity, the current All-Star full-forward eventually found the lure of home too strong.

"I made my decision based on what was present in my life," McShane said as he continues to rehab an dislocated ankle.

"And I was very happy with how last year went.

"And even with the club you can see the future is bright there too.

"But what I was saying was I was giving up a lot to leave Tyrone and go to Australia.

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"And I kind of thought maybe they didn't understand that, that maybe they thought that they had the professional environment out there and they pay players and that that should be enough to persuade anyone.

"But I don't think they understood what I was giving up back here.

"I grew up dreaming of playing with Tyrone, watching the likes of the Peter Canavans, the Stephen O'Neills, the Brian Doohers, boys like that.

"They were role models, they inspired me and many other players in Tyrone as well.

"And I have the opportunity to do that now as well, to inspire other kids to grow up wanting to play for Tyrone and live their dream.

"It's not ideal getting injuries but it's just a setback and hopefully I'll get back to playing football again, that's what I love doing."