GAA Digest: Steven McDonnell unsure of Armagh return after Christmas
ALL-Ireland winner Steven McDonnell has announced that he will make a decision on his Armagh future after Christmas.
“I’m still undecided,” said the 33-year-old. “Looking forward to next year, Armagh and Tyrone in the Ulster SFC is very appealing. One thing I can guarantee is that I won’t be playing for Armagh for the first half of the National League.
“To be fair to Paddy O’Rourke and Paul Grimley, they said they’d work with me. There are a lot of things to consider. I don’t know how my body will be next year.
“My wife’s pregnant and is due in March. There are not too many inter-county footballers with four kids still playing at the age of 33 which I will be next year.
“I didn’t want to make my mind up pre-Christmas and then regret the decision. I will enjoy the next few months and will keep myself ticking over. I’ve a bit of an Achilles injury that I want to get cleared up too and this is probably my best chance to do that.”
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BRIAN McGuigan has revealed he was left with no choice but to retire after a meeting with Tyrone boss Mickey Harte concerning his plans for next season.
“I wasn’t actually going to say I was retiring, “ McGuigan told the Irish News. “My wife is due to give birth again in March -- that will be our second child -- and I couldn’t commit before that.
“I told Mickey that I wasn’t happy about going back before March. When March comes I said if I felt fit enough to go back I would, but Mickey was saying we’ll be training hard in the wintertime and he didn’t want me to miss that.
“He said if I came back in March time, well, obviously they’d be doing something wrong if I was fit enough to come back in again at that stage. I suppose that made up my mind.”
KILKENNY legend Henry Shefflin will be out of action for up to six month after surgery on a shoulder injury picked up on club duty with Ballyhale Shamrocks.
“Henry injured his shoulder against O’Loughlin Gaels in the county semifinal,” Ballyhale chairman Sean Reid explained to the Irish Examiner.
“He was able to play on that day, and he played against James Stephens in the final and the replay as well, but he’ll have to have an operation on it soon and he’s likely to miss out on at least six months as he recovers.
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