Door is shut on three amigos
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley has dismissed any suggestion that former players Gavin McParland, Pete Carragher and Declan McKenna will join the Senior county squad this season.
The trio are were key members of Armagh's 2009 All-Ireland winning Minor team and had established themselves as potential future stars, but when the Orchard County lost to Cavan in the opening round of the Ulster Championship they left for America.
At the start of this season it was expected the trio may be called back into the squad, as McParland is a proving goal-scorer, indeed his three goals against Wexford last season earned Armagh a valuable point, which helped them avoid relegation.
Carragher from Silverbridge is a talented midfielder who broke his leg in his first season playing Senior football for Armagh and was only back from injury last season. While Harps defender Declan McKenna, the former Minor winning captain, had started under Grimley but was finding it difficult playing at corner back.
And the Armagh boss refuses to welcome the players back at the start of the new season.
“I can't have players walking in and walking out that if things aren't going well for them that they have to get out and go to America or wherever and then come back and think that everything is all right," said Grimley.
“At the time the lads went and I wished them all the best and at no time did I say that I would make any commitment to bring them back. They're good lads and they were entitled to do what was best for them last year, but there are circumstances surrounding that, that I am not prepared to disclose.
“The bottom line is that they made their decision after the Cavan game, I wished them all the best, they went to America and stayed their for three months and as far as I am concerned they took a three-month break in America as opposed to spending two or three months with Armagh and that is the choice they made, and I had to make mine.
“We were at our lowest point after the Cavan game last year and when I heard the news about the three boys it just bounced off me and it is what it is."
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