ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley put his side through their paces at the splendid St. Paul’s venue in Lurgan last Saturday morning as the team prepare for this weekends Division 2 League rearranged fixture against Wexford,
The County Seniors held an in-house training game playing an Armagh under-21 select whose season will start shortly.
Grimley, while stating that he was disappointed the original fixture against the Model County had been called off due to the weather, stressed, “The break had allowed some players to recover from injury. Brendan Donaghy is getting back to fitness. We were ready to play Wexford but the boys are all looking forward to the match.
“We have a very young panel of players at the minute and it’s going to take time to bring the boys through but the mood in the camp is good. The lads are prepared to work hard.”
Grimley, who has former County boss Peter McDonnell as part of the management team along with Brendan Hughes and former Armagh defender Martin McQuillan, can now look forward to having the services of a full squad available with Crossmaglen’s All Ireland Club campaign now at an end.
“It’s always a balancing act,” added the Armagh boss. “Hopefully we can turn the corner with a win against Wexford. The Crossmaglen players would be a welcome addition to any County squad, we will be delighted to get them back”.”
Reacting to the claim that he sees the modern plan for Armagh Seniors as a four of five year strategy, Grimley said, “I believe that expecting too much from the players in the short term can put them under pressure. If we win trophies this year that would be welcomed with open arms, but if we release the pressure a bit with a long term strategy it might have the reverse effect and bring the best out in the players.”
The Armagh boss is expected to announce few changes from the original line out that was due to face Wexford in the postponed game. The Pearse Ogs man is still waiting for his first win of the new season but he says he isn’t panicking.
”No trophies are handed out at this time of the year. We would like to build things up gradually to our meting with Cavan in the Championship. “Our fitness levels will increase during the spring as will team confidence. Ideally a win against Wexford on Saturday would do the world of good.”
Up to seven Crossmaglen players are expected to join the County squad over the coming weeks including Jamie Clarke and Aaron Kernan.