Tuesday 6 December 2016

Armagh's out-of-favour Murtagh eyes Louth switch

Published 08/12/2011 | 05:00

ARMAGH attacker Johnny Murtagh is on the verge of making an inter-county transfer to Louth.

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The highly-rated forward, who joined Dublin club Parnells from Crossmaglen earlier this year, was born in Louth and would be a welcome addition to their attack in 2012 after Armagh manager Paddy O'Rourke told him that he could not guarantee him a starting place.

"I told him I wouldn't be happy to be making the trip to be sitting on the bench," the 28-year-old said. "I'd love to be playing inter-county football, but Armagh played very defensive last year which didn't suit me and with boys like Stevie McDonnell and Jamie Clarke there, chances are going to be hard to come by.

"There are plenty of top players playing club football in Dublin and nobody caused me much bother, so I think I'd be well able to play at that level. I think I'm in my prime."

Last year, St Sylvester's and former Dublin minor star John Coughlan declared for Offaly, while Gareth Smith of St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh went on to play for Cavan under the parent rule.

SUCCESS

Meanwhile, Galway hurling continues to enjoy success off the field as they has recorded a healthy profit for the season. Delegates attending tonight's Galway Hurling Board meeting in Athenry will hear how a profit for the year of €112,454 was recorded despite a drop of around 10pc in income.

Income for the year of €849,506 was down from €938,108, but expenditure dropped from €832,927 to €737,052.

Galway's share from the National League showed a big drop from €83,383 to €27,006, but there was an increase in provincial and Central Council grants from €105,510 to €126,755, while savings were made in team expenses, match costs and administration outlays.

Hurling board secretary Pat Kearney has issued an appeal for patience to allow new Galway manager Anthony Cunningham time to developing a winning team.

"I appeal to our members to be realistic in our expectations and to understand that we have no right to count ourselves as one of the top two or three counties at senior level every year," he said.

Elsewhere, former Antrim hurling captain Karl McKeegan has decided to retire from inter-county competition.

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