Friday 21 October 2016

Ex-Armagh star Jamie Clarke joins up with New York soccer team

Published 08/09/2016 | 07:42

Jamie Clarke; Sportsfile
Jamie Clarke; Sportsfile

Former Armagh Gaelic footballer Jamie Clarke has joined up with a semi-professional American soccer team.

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Clarke opted out of the Orchard county's 2016 championship in order to travel to America, and will now play for the New York Shamrocks in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1.

The former GAA star is a talented soccer player who recently won an AOH Cup with his home soccer club in Crossmaglen, Armagh.

Clarke will be managed in New York by Kevin Grogan, an Irishman who was formerly a trainee with Manchester United.

Grogan told that he was very impressed with the way Clarke has settled in with his new team mates.

"I'm delighted to sign Jamie," added Grogan. "He is a quality person with a fantastic attitude. He will get better and better as the season progresses. It's an exciting time for the first team."

Clarke is delighted to have found a new soccer club in New York.

"I am very happy to link up with the Shamrocks and I'm looking forward to the season starting now," said Clarke.

"I have enjoyed moving to New York and I was keen to find a soccer club that plays at a competitive level. It's been a good experience training under Kevin and he offers great advice and coaching experience. We're all focused on the first game now and ensuring that we can start off with a win."

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