McGeeney glad to see injured player return

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney is delighted to see some of his star players return from injury ahead of the National League.

Mark Shields and Oisin O’Neill both missed the entire 2023 season. Both are named to start against Tyrone in the McKenna Cup on Wednesday night.

Niall Grimley and Tiernan Kelly featured in the league last year but missed the championship while Ciaron O’Hanlon was also sidelined for the whole county season.

“It’s brilliant for them to get the game time and it’s great for the panel too. There is nothing worse as a footballer than sitting on the sidelines,” said McGeeney of the returnees.

“So, just to get out and kick ball, it doesn’t matter what it is or when it is, that’s what you want to do.

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney is delighted to see some of his star players return from injury ahead of the National League.
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“We have a lot of those players pushing themselves back in. I know some of them may be elder statesmen, but they’re all good footballers. 

“You have TK coming back from a lot of bad injuries last year, Oisin O’Neill back in the team.

“Paddy Burns back looking for game time, Niall (Grimley) looking for game time. They were fellas we just didn’t have at our disposal last year, and they’re pushing hard.

“The stronger our panel is, the better we are going to be, so that’s what we’re looking for,” added McGeeney.

Management team

Conleith Gilligan is another addition to the management team that Armagh didn’t have this year. The Orchard County boss is hoping for a big league campaign.

“Conleith is making a good difference, and Kieran Donaghy and Ciaran McKeever are pushing them hard. So, hopefully we’ll be able to step up.

“It’s a tough Division Two coming at us, beginning with Louth and then Meath, and there will be no quarter asked or given in either of those games. So, we’re looking forward to it.”

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney is delighted to see some of his star players return from injury ahead of the National League.
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