Monday 11 December 2017

Murtagh adamant McGurn will stay

ARMAGH selector Donal Murtagh is confident that renowned fitness trainer Mike McGurn will remain with the Orchard County in 2011, despite reports linking him with Clare.

Former Ireland rugby team trainer McGurn served in an advisory capacity to Clare and Kilmurry-Ibrickane manager Micheal McDermott during the Banner County outfit's run to this year's All-Ireland Club final defeat against Antrim's St Gall's.

But the Crossmaglen Rangers man is mystified by the reports stating that McGurn, who will also train Anthony Tohill's International Rules team, is going to be part of Clare's set-up for next season.

"I was talking to (Armagh manager) Paddy O'Rourke at the weekend and he never mentioned a thing about Mike going to Clare. If that was the case, I'm sure that Paddy would have said something about it," Murtagh said.

"Mike lives in Belfast and with the distance involved in travelling, I'd say that working with Clare would be a non-runner for him. As far as I was aware, Mike was going to be with Armagh for a few years, and the only way I could see him being involved with Clare would be merely on an advisory basis."

Irish Independent

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