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Grimley gears up to expand Armagh team

By John Campbell

New Armagh manager Paul Grimley expects to bolster his backroom set-up considerably within the next month.

Grimley has confirmed that a five-man team will now oversee the senior football team and that “no stone will be left unturned” in a bid to transform the Orchard County’s fortunes.

With Brendan Hughes having already been confirmed as a selector, three other appointments will be confirmed shortly, thus ensuring that Armagh will have a comprehensive team behind the team.

“We are slowly but surely putting things into place and I hope to be able to confirm the three names next month,” said Grimley.

“We will have people on board who will have the best interests of Armagh football at heart and who will make sure that no stone will be left unturned in the drive to make this county a football force again.”

Already a number of players are being groomed through the Armagh Coaching Academy under the leadership of 2002 All Ireland winning midfield ace Paul McGrane.

Brian McAlinden, Denis Hollywood (pictured) and Liam McCorry are others who are involved in the academy which manager Grimley believes could prove the launch pad for a number of players who could make an impact with the senior side.

“We expect to have between 40 and 70 players in this academy on an ongoing basis and their progress will be carefully monitored,” said Grimley.

“But this is in no way an elite set-up. It is merely what we feel is a streamlined way in which to nurture emerging talent and it is important for me to emphasise that the door is always open to players who feel they have something to contribute to the welfare of Armagh football through their ability and their attitude.”

The new boss has lost no time in establishing a scouting network and a detailed study will be undertaken of all games in the county championship.

“Those charged with scouting responsibilities will report back to us and we will then decide what players we would like to study more closely,” said Grimley. “We want to make sure that no player slips through the net.

“It is also important that players who may not have wished to play for Armagh or who have been available to do so should come forward and make themselves known to us.

“The door is open to everyone at this point in time.”

Grimley’s appointment has been enthusiastically received in Armagh but he is pleading with fans to be patient.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day. There is a lot of work to be done but with cooperation and goodwill on all sides I think that progress can be made,” he added.

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