THE strong Armagh connection with the current Louth set-up has been further strengthened, after it was announced at Monday night's Special meeting of the County Board that Morgan Fuels are to take over as new county team sponsors, on a three-year deal.
Morgan were long-time sponsors of the Armagh team until very recently, but-after disagreements arose there with the County Board, that deal came to an end.
Armagh's loss is Louth's gain, it seems, and in announcing the new deal Louth Chairman Padraic O'Connor was quick to give an enthusiastic welcome to the new sponsors, and the commitment they have given to Louth football for the next three seasons.
He said the sponsorship will give financial stability to the county set-up, and that Hugh and Eamon Morgan were very willing partners.
Treasurer Aidan Berrill, who was also part of the recent negotiations, said that in the current climate, the deal is an excellent one going forward, and he revealed that the sponsorship instalments will be paid on a monthly basis by direct debit, starting from January 1st.
An official launch of the Morgan deal will be held over the next few weeks, and it's intended to have the new-look Louth jerseys on sale in time for the Christmas market.
O'Connor didn't divulge any financial figures behind the deal, but stated it was above the average at national level.
Concluding the sponsorship discussion, the chairman took the opportunity to put on record his appreciation to John Mc Cabe and the Mc Cabe family, for their sponsorship of the county teams over the past six years.
Also at Monday night's meeting, a new county Under-21 team manager was ratified, and the name going to the floor was that of former Stabannon Parnells and county star David Reilly.
Reilly, who as a player won four Senior Championships with Stabannon, has been appointed on an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further year.
Assisting him in his new role will be former county teamates Ollie Mc Donnell and Stephen Melia, while the final member of the backroom team will be one of Aidan O'Rourke's senior selectors.
Reilly has been involved previously with the Under-16 and U17 County development squads, while the clubs he has managed since his retirement as a player include the O'Connell's, Magheracloone and St Patrick's, and in 2011 he was part of the St Bride's management team that won the Minor Championship.
For Melia, it's a return to intercounty duty after a three-year absence. He was last involved in county matters as a selector under former senior boss Eamon Mc Eneaney.
Meanwhile, O'Connell's - victors over Meath's Na Fianna in the Leinster Intermediate semifinal on Sunday - were yesterday waiting to hear whether they will be permitted to stage the provincial decider at their own grounds in Castlebellingham.
The clash against Kildare champions Monasterevan will be played at a Louth venue on Sunday December 2nd.