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Ross McGarry in the frame to earn a county call

By John Campbell

Warrenpoint's representation in the Down squad for next year could be boosted following their Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship triumph.

The club had three players - skipper Ryan Boyle, midfield ace Ryan Mallon and defender Ciaran McCartan - in this year's county panel, but the expectation is that new Down boss Jim McCorry will take an even closer look at the St Peter's resources as the team prepares for the All-Ireland club semi-finals.

One player in particular looks certain to come in for close scrutiny. Talented forward Ross McGarry scored eight points in the 1-14 to 1-7 win over Inniskeen and showed the kind of flair, pace and sublime finishing touches that could grace the senior inter-county stage.

A MacRory and Hogan Cup winner with St Colman's College, Newry in the past, McGarry brings confidence and panache to the table - qualities that could well boost the Down attack.

But manager McCorry is well aware that it is a considerable step-up from intermediate club level to the senior inter-county sphere, although a number of well-known current county players continue to perform at lower levels with their respective clubs.

Warrenpoint's success is seen as a pointer for more progress in 2015 and with several established Down players having stepped aside or about to call time on their county careers, new boss McCorry is anxious to spread his selection net as wide as possible.

Warrenpoint chairman Feargal McCormack believes that the team can now go on to make an impact in the All-Ireland Intermediate club series.

"To have won the Ulster club title is a dream come true for us, but we are not going to rest on our laurels," said McCormack.

"This team can become even better and it's terrific that the lads will now get the chance the chance to test themselves on the All-Ireland stage. That's where you really want to be."

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