Armagh manager Paul Grimley maintains that his side is “chomping at the bit” to sample action in the Power NI Dr McKenna Cup.
The Orchard County outfit must exercise patience until January 13 when they host Cavan at the Athletic Grounds following the withdrawal of Queen’s — whom they were to meet on Sunday — from the competition.
With Donegal’s opening game against Fermanagh deferred until next Wednesday it means that there will be a relatively low-key start to the competition this weekend.
Grimley, though, believes his team are ready to fire out a warning that they can pose a threat to more fancied sides as the season progresses.
“It’s disappointing that we won’t be in action this Sunday but I suppose that can’t be helped,” says Grimley.
“Since the university sides came into the McKenna Cup 10 years ago they have added a further dimension to the competition and it’s just a pity that the university versus county issue has to some extent tended to overshadow the build-up to this current competition,” he adds.
While the Armagh boss is “very pleased” with the attitude of his players in training to date, he is also encouraged by the progress which is being made by the Academy squad under the tutelage of a high-profile coaching team led by former All-Ireland winner Paul McGrane.
“There is some exciting talent beginning to come through but we will have to be patient on all fronts,” points out Grimley.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is acknowledged that Armagh are in transition and this being the case we have to pick our steps carefully.
“But I am very pleased with the players’ attitude overall.
“Obviously the McKenna Cup will give us an idea of where we are at and hopefully we might be able to get more than two games in the competition.
“Right now the boys are chomping at the bit for action and that’s certainly a good sign.”