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Kieran McGrane is tipped for a role with Armagh

By Declan Bogue

Former Armagh joint boss Brian Canavan is keen to see new county team manager Kieran McGeeney appoint Paul McGrane as a key member of his backroom team.

Canavan, who managed Armagh in tandem with Brian McAlinden immediately prior to Joe Kernan taking over, is adamant that the vital role which Ballyhegan clubman McGrane has played in the success of the Armagh Development Academy underlines his ability as a coaching co-ordinator.

And he believes that the 2002 All-Ireland winning midfield ace could play a big part in helping to source potential players for McGeeney's squad from the north of the county in particular.

"I think that Paul McGrane has the capacity to bring a lot to the table from Armagh's perspective," states Canavan.

"Obviously he has a proven track record as a player and he has been putting a lot back into the game in his role with the Armagh Academy. I also imagine that he would have a handle on clubs in the north of the county and might be able to source players for the county squad who might otherwise slip through the net."

Several players from the north of the county, including Aaron Findon (St Peter's), Stefan Campbell (Clan na gael) and Aidan Forker (Maghery), have come to prominence lately and this persuades Canavan that even more talent could be successfully mined in that region.

"When you look at the impact these players have made, it's very encouraging to note the way they have progressed and I personally would love to see a conveyor belt of talent become fully operational not just in the north of the county but throughout the county as a whole," insists Canavan.

"It's imperative that Armagh make the best of these resources and I'm looking forward to seeing more players come to the fore."

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