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Grimley gets chance to be big hit after late call

 

By John Campbell

Armagh midfield ace Niall Grimley has just received an unexpected end of season bonus following his dramatic eleventh-hour inclusion in the Ireland squad for the International Rules series in Australia next month.

The 22-year-old Madden clubman produced a litany of towering displays in the middle third of the park in Armagh's surge into the All-Ireland quarter-finals in which they lost to Tyrone.

Orchard county boss Kieran McGeeney had paired Grimley with Stephen Sheridan and the duo struck up a productive alliance that had much to do with the team's progress.

Grimley, who won a Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Association award during the summer, impressed Ireland manager Joe Kernan at a final International Rules trial which was held at Croke Park on Wednesday night.

His inclusion means that Ulster will now have seven representatives in the travelling squad all of whom will be strongly focused on capturing starting places in the Tests against the Aussies in Adelaide on Sunday, November 12 and Perth on Saturday, November 18.

Manager Kernan reveals he had "no hesitation" in pitching Grimley in when it became clear that two of the previously selected players would be unable to make the trip because of injury.

"Niall is a fine player who has come through strongly," states Kernan. "He was very impressive in the Croke Park trial and I had no hesitation in giving him the nod. He has been maturing in the Armagh side and I am sure he will benefit from the Rules trip."

Cork's Sean Powter, who turned on the style this year despite being still only 20 years of age, has also been given the green light by Kernan.

"He is a very quick, skilful player and he has certainly been doing the business with Cork," adds Kernan.

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