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Armagh manager Grimley focused on finding new talent

By John Campbell

While speculation surrounding the possibility of Kieran McGeeney becoming part of the Armagh set-up for next season swirls around him, team manager Paul Grimley remains focused on what he sees as his top priority.

"I am currently undertaking an extensive trawl of championship games within the county in the hope of unearthing talented players aged from nineteen to twenty-three to bolster our squad," explains Grimley.

"I believe it is imperative we should discover such players so as to ensure the longevity of the new-look squad that will be selected.

"When I was initially appointed as manager I indicated that it would take two or three years to get a squad together that might be able to challenge for honours and the work we are doing now is very much geared to achieving that end."

Grimley, whose team lost to Galway in the All-Ireland qualifiers having offered what proved to be a false dawn by beating Wicklow and Leitrim in the qualifiers, is hoping to "refresh" his panel for 2014.

"I would expect that a number of players who have been on board this year will be back again but Kieran Toner is someone who has a long-term injury and he may require rest," explains Grimley.

"The transformation of the squad is ongoing and will not be completed for some time yet as it will likely be November before it is confirmed."

Toner sustained a shoulder injury while playing for his club against Ballymacnab against Granemore in the county championship quarter-finals and has also been suffering from tendonitis.

"He has been playing through the pain barrier and perhaps rest will do him good. Stephen Harold came into our midfield and performed well but let's just say we are keeping our selection options open in all areas," adds Grimley.

McGeeney, meanwhile, is considering his future within the game following his failure to secure term in his post as Kildare manager.

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