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Armagh prepared to keep the door open for returnees

By Declan Bogue

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has refused to rule out a return for some of last year's prominent players who are no longer currently on his county panel.

The Orchard county begin their campaign this Sunday at home to Sligo, but will be without the services of Matthew McNeice, Shera Heffron, Stefan Campbell, Oisin O'Neill, Jamie Clarke and Ciaron O'Hanlon, for a variety of reasons.

"The way I have always been, whether it is Kildare or Armagh, the door is always open to anyone who puts their hand up," stated McGeeney.

He explained, "We can't do the same system in the north because they don't let you play Junior football. We had that in Kildare for anybody that wanted to play for their county they could put their hands up, turn up and train hard.

"You do tend to get a lot of people who would talk about it on Twitter and Facebook, but it's a different story when you have to go and train for it."

For the time being, he is happy to go with the squad he has, as they seek to escape the third tier at the second time of asking. However, with four away games including an away trip to Fermanagh, it will be difficult.

"I think we have a good group here," he added.

"The one thing about the club championship at home over the past couple of years it has been strong. We have a lot of other teams coming up through and it has given us a better pick but you need a couple of years experience at this level. There's definitely been a good few threatening it so it will be good to see how these fellas do next week."

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