McGrane: New facilities will inspire youngsters

Former Armagh captain Paul McGrane believes the new facilities at St Malachy’s will inspire the upcoming generation.

Work has already got underway at Armagh’s groundbreaking £10m county training facility at St Malachy’s Portadown.

Two sand-based floodlit pitches and a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility will be in place by the end of the year.

This crucial step underscores the dedication to delivering top-notch training facilities for football and hurling.

McGrane captained Armagh when they last lifted the Anglo Celt back in 2008. He has played a huge role with the Orchard Academy since retiring.

Former Armagh captain Paul McGrane believes the new facilities at St Malachy’s will inspire the upcoming generation.

“Call a spade a spade. “You look across the road at Garvaghy and Owenbeg and places like that for years and we want that for our senior team,” said McGrane.

Next generation

“It is definitely going to help the senior team, having a training pitch is going to help Armagh to challenge.

“You are going to have players like Aidan Forker, Rory Grugan and any of the senior team training next to a pitch of underage players. Imagine what that is going to do for the younger players.

“They are going to be inspired from seeing their icons and continue to strive to be the best they can be. Ultimately you want a facility that creates an environment where the whole lot can grow and strive and push on.

“I would say there is a case of excitement to push on and get it done. Some of the club facilities in the county are something you would inspire to.

“Callanbridge is there but let’s go and give our lads the state-of-the-art facilities. To create and environment to allow those fellas to push on as best they can.”