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Oisin McConville rules out Kildare role

By John Campbell

Oisin McConville admits he is “astounded” to see his name linked to a new role as part of Kieran McGeeney’s management team in Kildare.

Just four days after helping Crossmaglen Rangers to win their 10th Ulster Club Championship title, McConville finds himself denying reports that his career is to take a completely different turn.

“I was absolutely astounded to discover that my name is apparently being linked with Kildare,” states McConville.

“It’s the first I have heard of it. There is certainly no truth in this at all.”

The 36-year-old Rangers sharpshooter indicated earlier in the year that he might be interested in becoming involved in team management at some stage in the future but reiterates that this will not be until his playing career has ended.

“To be honest, I might exchange the odd text with Kieran McGeeney but it is some time since I have actually been talking to him,” explains McConville.

“I expect to meet up with him when the Armagh All-Ireland winning team of 2002 hold a reunion in the Carrickdale Hotel but any discussion on me becoming part of his management team won’t be on the agenda,” insists McConville, who is looking forward to meeting former team-mates at this weekend’s big function.

Instead, the Orchard County legend’s total focus will remain on the forthcoming All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final against Roscommon and Connacht champions St Brigid’s.

“We are taking a break at the moment but we will be back in full training shortly and our aim is to retain our All-Ireland title.

“When our captain David McKenna said after lifting the Ulster trophy last Sunday that it was two down and one to go, he hit the nail on the head,” states McConville.

Rangers of course had won the Armagh Championship title for the 16th time since 1996 prior to claiming their 10th Ulster crown — their third in succession, too —and now McConville relishes the prospect of seeing the All-Ireland prize coming to the south Armagh club for what would be the seventh time in 15 years.

“That would be some achievement,” he muses.

“And it will certainly require a lot of effort. I would not want any distractions at all because we will need total concentration for the task that lies ahead.”

And he makes it clear that even were Crossmaglen not involved in the All-Ireland club series, the prospect of becoming involved with Kildare would not have particular appeal for him.

“I have a wife and young son now and the thought of all the travelling involved would certainly put me off.

“Naturally I would wish Kieran and his players the very best of luck but I will not be part of their set-up,” adds McConville.

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