Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Decision by Clarke ‘is a huge boost for Armagh’

Jamie Clarke has committed himself to Armagh

Armagh manager Paul Grimley has been handed a massive boost now that Jamie Clarke has committed himself fully to the Orchard county.

Grimley has said that Clarke will be taking up a position within the county which will serve to make “the public face of all that is good about Armagh football.”

Clarke, one of the outstanding forwards in the modern game, is set to become one of the highest-profile players within the sport.

“Jamie has got his degree and will be settling into his new role. It will be a terrific shot in the arm for Armagh football to have him working here. He has so much to offer,” stated Grimley.

Even though Clarke’s focus is on the bid by Crossmaglen Rangers to land what would be a third All-Ireland title in succession, he remains very much part of the Armagh squad right now.

“I must say I am delighted to have all the Crossmaglen Rangers county panellists in the dressing-room at this point in time,” reveals Grimley.

“This shows their commitment to the county. They may not be starting games for the county but their loyalty is admirable and naturally we would like to have them out there playing for us as soon as is feasible.”

Indeed, Rangers stalwart Aaron Kernan is the new vice-captain of Armagh with Ciaran McKeever of course ready to serve another season as skipper.

Kernan enthusiastically endorsed manager Grimley’s view that promotion back up into Division One has to be a priority for Armagh.

“I think every team wants to play in the top sector. We were fortunate to have an extended stay there but now we have to try and get out of Division Two as quickly as we can. We have some good young players beginning to come through and that is very encouraging,” Kernan said.

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