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Johnny Hanratty, Crossmaglen Rangers

Johnny Hanratty, Crossmaglen Rangers

Johnny Hanratty, Crossmaglen Rangers

Armagh's footballers have been dealt a blow with the news that midfielder Johnny Hanratty has opted out of the county panel for the remainder of the season.

The Crossmaglen man was used only sparingly by manager Paul Grimley so far in this campaign, starting just one match and making two more appearances off the bench.

Hanratty wasn't part of the side that travelled to Galway for last weekend's defeat to the Tribesmen and is said to have informed management of his decision after the loss to Monaghan, according to the 'Gaelic Life' newspaper.

Hanratty will instead concentrate on his club duties with Crossmaglen – where he has been named captain – as they look to claim yet another county title.

His departure is another blow for Grimley as the Orchard boss has had to deal with a raft of injuries at various stages this season. Ciaran McKeever and Aaron Kernan have been forced to spend time on the sidelines while James Lavery is out with a serious neck injury.

The U-21s – under the guidance of Steven McDonnell – are also still in the Ulster championship which puts a further strain on resources.

Grimley's men face Donegal this weekend and a defeat could leave them in danger of relegation.

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