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Cross to review dropped Finnegan’s future in squad

CROSSMAGLEN have confirmed that they dropped Stephen Finnegan from their panel for disciplinary reasons and will not recall him for Sunday's AIB Ulster club final.

Finnegan, a member of Paul Grimley's new Armagh squad, has already missed Crossmaglen's victories over St Eunan's and Errigal Ciaran.

But Crossmaglen co-manager Tony McEntee has not completely ruled out a return for Finnegan, saying: "Everything is possible, there is more to life than football. We would be willing to look at it again."

The defending two-in-a-row All-Ireland club champions have been boosted by the return of centre-back Danny O'Callaghan, who missed the entire county championship after moving to Australia.

He returned to Ireland on November 2, resumed training immediately and is expected to be in the squad for Sunday's final against Kilcoo of Down – Crossmaglen's seventh Ulster decider in nine years.

Kilcoo will be without suspended full-back Niall McEvoy but are expected to have midfielder Phelim McGreevy back.

A knee injury forced him to sit out their shock semi-final defeat of St Gall's but he has been back in full training since and is expected to start.

Elsewhere, Mayo midfielder Ronan McGarrity has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Ballina Stephenites star, who played in the 2004 and 2006 All-Ireland finals, rejoined the county panel after this year's league final loss, but injuries hampered his involvement.

Like Limerick's John Galvin, McGarrity was also a basketball star who often combined playing national league basketball and football, with Ballina and Mayo respectively, on the same weekends.

Irish Independent