Rafferty looks ahead to 2024 campaign

Armagh will meet Tyrone and Donegal in the McKenna Cup and Ethan Rafferty hopes it can kickstart a good season.

The Grange clubman won’t feature in the preseason competition having picked up an ankle injury in the summer.

Rafferty represented the Orchard County at last night’s McKenna Cup launch and spoke about the year ahead.

“We’ll probably be looking to go a bit further than we did last year,” said the Armagh goalkeeper.

“I know we were involved in a couple of good games, but we were coming out the wrong side of them.

Armagh will meet Tyrone and Donegal in the McKenna Cup and Ethan Rafferty hopes it can kickstart a good season.
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“We’ll be looking to maybe righting a few wrongs from the past two or three years. I suppose January is going to be a good test, all three teams were in Division One last year.

“It’s going to be two good games to start off with in the group stages and then we’ll take it from there.”

Fresh talent

While Rafferty will be on the sidelines for the early part of the year, there’s some fresh talent coming through the county.

A number of players stood out at the recent Club All-Stars vs County Future Stars game and will likely see game time in the McKenna Cup.

Rafferty believes that the new players coming into the squad are eager to put their hands up and get game time.

“I suppose it gives a bit of fresh air in training,” added Rafferty. “I know a lot of us have been training and playing together for a while.

“Then we have a couple of young players coming through. Even a couple of boys that came through last year, wee Darragh McMullen and that.

“It gives that fresh approach. They’re obviously chomping at the bit to get playing so it keeps the wits alive, and it keeps you playing good football in training.”