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Diarmuid Marsden is predicting a big future for Armagh

By John Campbell

Diarmuid Marsden left his mark on Armagh's 2002 All-Ireland title triumph as a stylish, creative forward who was clearly ahead of his time.

Today, Marsden, now the Ulster Council's Club Coaching Development Officer for the province, is preparing to impart his expertise to a new generation of Orchard County players as he slots into his latest role as a key member of the county's U21 management team.

And while focused on unearthing and developing fresh talent, Marsden is giving his strong backing to Kieran McGeeney and his new backroom team in the bid to restore Armagh's fortunes.

McGeeney of course has just bulked up his managerial set-up by bringing on board Aidan O'Rourke, yet another of the county's 2002 heroes.

Dromintee clubman O'Rourke, who managed Louth in 2013 and 2014, will bring considerable experience to the table while Marsden will link up with McGeeney, Peter McDonnell and Martin McQuillan to form the U21 management team.

Marsden believes that Armagh have the capacity to make an impact in Division Two while at the same time stage a bold bid to land provincial U21 honours.

"There is a lot of talent there and I'm convinced that Kieran McGeeney will provide the kind of leadership under which we all can thrive," insisted Marsden.

Marsden suggests the fact that McGeeney and O'Rourke worked together at Kildare could help underpin their prospects.

"They did a good job with Kildare and now want to put what they learned into practice with Armagh," said Marsden. "They are Armagh through and through and the rest of us will take our inspiration from them."

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