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McConville sees bright future for Armagh

Armagh legend Oisin McConville is confident the county can return to the glory days of 2002 but warned it may take “three or four years” for the new wave of players to come through.

McConville has worked with the county's minor sides for a few seasons, while last year he accepted a role with Paddy O'Rourke as forwards coach and he called for patience to allow the next generation of players to develop.

“I worked with the minor team this past three to four years and there's 20 players who are top class and who are going to be coming through in the next few years and I can't see any reason why those players would not be as good as (anyone else),” he said.

“The young fellas that are coming – a lot of them have won minor titles, a lot of them have won Under-21 titles. They shouldn't have any baggage really coming onto that panel and should be able to express themselves.

“I think that's something you'll probably see with Armagh next year, a lot of young players introduced, a lot of pace brought into the team. Hopefully we can start building back to where we were.

“Realistically, it's not going to happen next year. It's not going to happen in 2012 that Armagh is back up in an All-Ireland final,,” said McConville, who has now also stepped into management with Dundalk IT.

“I don't think that's possible for now but maybe three or four years down the line. There's a hell of a lot of talent coming through Armagh at underage level. If we can bring them through to senior level then we can challenge again.”

Belfast Telegraph