Tuesday 20 March 2018

McConville has high hopes for latest crop of Orchard minors

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

ARMAGH legend Oisin McConville is confident the county can return to the glory days of 2002, but warned it may take "three or four years" for the new wave of players to come through.

McConville has worked with the county's minor sides over the last few seasons, while last year he accepted a role with Paddy O'Rourke as forwards coach and he called for patience to allow the next generation of players to develop.

"I worked with the minor team these past three to four years and there's 20 players who are top-class and who are going to be coming through in the next few years.

"I can't see any reason why those players would not be as good as (anyone else).

"The young fellas that are coming -- a lot of them have won minor titles, a lot of them have won U-21 titles. They shouldn't have any baggage really coming on to the panel and should be able to express themselves.

"I think that's something you'll probably see with Armagh next year, a lot of young players being introduced, a lot of pace brought into the team. Hopefully, we can start building back to where we were.

"Realistically, it's not going to happen next year. I don't think that's possible for now, but maybe three or four years down the line."

Irish Independent

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