Armagh Senior Football Manager Paul Grimley took time out to speak with Armagh GAA’s official website armaghgaa.net today. Looking relaxed ahead of tomorrows All Ireland Qualifier Round 2B game in Healy Park against neighbours Tyrone, I’m keen to learn if we have any injuries within the squad due to having a 7 day turnaround from our last game.
“We have several injuries, Caolan Rafferty is still in a plaster from breaking a bone in his hand and also not available are Ethan Rafferty, Kieran Toner and Ciaran Rafferty”. Paul goes on to say “We have a great squad of dedicated men and competition for places is still very strong ahead of the game, we have trained very well this week, the lads are fully aware our game is changing into a 20/21 man game more so now than ever before and our team selection is assessed from game to game to take in many factors”.
I had to ask about the so called Media ban and Paul explains “Our media suspension will continue, over the last number of weeks various articles from various sources have only confirmed to us that we took the right decision as a number of reporters have resorted to cheap camouflaged insults in their comments in relation to the county as a whole. It is a sad reflection that the professional media cannot find it within themselves to respect our right to stay silent without such childish behavior”. Paul goes on to say that not all media outlets are resorting to such actions and speaks very highly of one example of professional journalism “They (Media) should take a good look at recently recruited Tomas O’Shea to the national media who carries himself with impeccable class, and a humble demeanour and gets his points across with good insightful analysis. He was outstanding as a player and is surely a role model to all in the written and spoken media to aspire to going forward”.
As thousands of the Orchard faithful have followed the team throughout the season thus far Paul wanted to highlight “Our fans are the best in Ireland, they get right behind the team and the players really appreciate the roar our fans create no matter where we play in Ireland. We wish all our supporters a safe journey to and from the game and please god we will be in the bowl on Monday morning”.
We would like to wish Paul Grimley, his Management team and the squad the very best of luck on Sunday and hopefully we’ll be reporting on a very successful day in Omagh.