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Heffron aiming to make impact by downing his native Armagh

By John Campbell

Like most Ulster county team bosses, Armagh's Kieran McGeeney is keeping an eye on the performances of those members of his squad assisting their universities in the Dr McKenna Cup.

And as he infuses new blood into his side ahead of the Allianz League, the Orchard County supremo can take encouragement from a player he introduced last year and who has since made an impact on two fronts.

After helping Armagh wrest the O'Fiaich Cup from Tyrone, Clan Eireann clubman Shea Heffron turned his attention to Queen's, and on Sunday he will line out with the students against his native county.

"I did not quite expect to be confronting Armagh," smiled Heffron. "But Sunday's game is very important for all Armagh players no matter who they are turning out for this month.

"That's because players like Ciaran Higgins and Ben Crealey from Maghery have been brought in as well as others and this adds considerably to the intensity of the competition for places.

"We know that we are going to face some big games in Division Three and obviously Kieran McGeeney wants to bolster his squad. Every training session you go to you can't afford to be complacent."

Heffron is viewed as a capable wing-back who can prove a useful link between defence and attack, but he has a fresh message for McGeeney.

"I have played at full-back for my school and club and I have always had a comfortable feeling there," revealed Heffron. "But no matter what team I play for, I always try to do my best.

"I don't mind where I play as long as I can earn my place in the starting XV for whatever side I happen to represent."

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