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Not many players can claim to be currently involved in their 19th consecutive county senior football Championship series. (stock photo)
Not many players can claim to be currently involved in their 19th consecutive county senior football Championship series. (stock photo)
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Not many players can claim to be currently involved in their 19th consecutive county senior football Championship series.

And fewer still would have 15 medals to show for it.

But then Aaron Kernan is no ordinary player. He lined out with Crossmaglen Rangers in his first Armagh Championship in 2003 and has been a fixture ever since.

Kernan enjoyed continuous Championship success from 2003 until 2009 when Pearse Og broke the Rangers' monopoly on the county title, only for the south Armagh side to resume their dominance the following year until 2016 when Harps plundered the coveted title, with Maghery then surging onto the Orchard County throne the following year.

But it was business as usual last year when Rangers again ruled the roost, and as Kernan focuses on Sunday's quarter-final against Silverbridge, he is hoping for another period of dominance.

"We have had new players coming in, but now the likes of the O'Neill brothers Oisin and Rian, along with Cian McConville, have gained in experience and I believe we can string more titles together," said Kernan.

Meanwhile, Ross McQuillan, regarded as one of the most talented players in Armagh, is due to link up with top Australian Football League side Essendon.

The 20-year-old Cullyhanna player is understood to have a signed a two-year deal.

Essendon's recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro said: "After extensive sessions with Ross, we believe he has what it takes to become a successful AFL player given his lateral movement, skills and kicking ability.

"Ross displays the Essendon values through his drive and determination to succeed."

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