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Armagh suffer blow as Jamie Clarke is set to head Stateside

Updated: Tuesday, 05 Jan 2016 11:21 | Comments

Jamie Clarke will move after Crossmaglen's season has finished
Jamie Clarke will move after Crossmaglen's season has finished

Kieran McGeeney has confirmed that Jamie Clarke will miss Armagh's campaign this year as he prepares to return to the USA.

Clarke helped Crossmaglen take the Ulster club title in November with victory over Monaghan’s Scotstown and will wait until their season is over before leaving the country.

Crossmaglen face Castlebar Mitchels of Mayo in the All-Ireland club semi-final on 13 February, and he could have a St Patrick’s Day farewell in Croke Park if they make the decider.

“I was chatting to Jamie and he has indicated he is gone for the year,” manager McGeeney told BBC Sport.

The 26-year-old forward went to New York last summer after the Orchard County’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Galway last July.

Last November he committed himself to the club cause but admitted he was unsure of his inter-county plans.

"I always planned to come back with Cross'," he said. "To be back in another All-Ireland semi-final is great for us.

"We will enjoy it for a week or two, but there is a lot of work to be done to prepare for the All-Ireland series."

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