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John Campbell

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney is urging his new kids on the block to avail of the O'Fiaich Cup and McKenna Cup competitions to stake their claims for regular places in his side.

A new-look Orchard County side will meet Louth in the semi-final of the O'Fiaich Cup today at Crossmaglen (1.30pm) where McGeeney will run the rule over a batch of fresh talent.

A platoon of familiar faces including Caolan Rafferty, Jamie Clarke, Tony Kernan, James Morgan, Finian Moriarty, Stephen Harold and Brendan Donaghy will be missing but McGeeney has thrown down a challenge to his newcomers. "The number one priority for new players is to have the desire and commitment to play for Armagh, that's all-important," insists McGeeney.

"No matter how talented a player is, he must have desire. Obviously some of those who are absent are going to be a huge miss for us but this means that the opportunity is there for other players to take their place."

"There are some great young players coming through our development squad at the minute and I think they are keen to do well in the county jersey."

Midfield ace Aaron Findon only made his senior championship debut for Armagh against Cavan last year yet he is now viewed as one of the senior citizens in the side.

The tall, lean St Peter's (Lurgan) clubman, who had been expected to get game time for Ulster last Saturday until the inter-pro series was ruled out because of the weather, is confident that McGeeney can plug gaps in the Armagh side as 2016 looms.

"Every county loses players but this provides the opportunity for others to step up to the mark," says Findon,

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