Friday 22 November 2019

McConville refutes Lilies link

OISIN McConville has refuted any suggestions that he could become part of Kieran McGeeney's managerial set-up in Kildare.

Instead, the Crossmaglen Rangers sharpshooter insisted that he is "totally focused" on his team's All-Ireland club championship semi-final against Roscommon and Connacht champions St Brigid's in the New Year.

McConville is mystified as to the source of rumours linking him with a move south to the Lilywhites to work alongside his former team-mate.

"I was extremely surprised to learn of these reports, but I can confirm that my whole commitment is, as always, to the Crossmaglen Rangers cause.

"I am totally focused on the upcoming All-Ireland semi-final," insisted the veteran forward.

Ironically, McConville expects to meet up with Kildare boss McGeeney in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk tomorrow night when the 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winning squad attend a reunion function.

"Obviously, I am looking forward to seeing Kieran again, but any role for me on his management team won't be on the conversation agenda," said McConville.

"We have soldiered in the trenches together for a long time in Armagh's colours and while I have the height of admiration for him, I won't be joining him in Kildare."

McConville also said that would apply even were Crossmaglen Rangers not still involved in the All-Ireland series.

"I have a wife and young son now and the prospect of a couple of journeys – at least – every week to Kildare would not hold any appeal for me," he said.

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