The Armagh county board have confirmed that four players are to leave the county football panel after deciding to emigrate.

Declan McKenna, Gavin McParland, Peter Carragher and Michael Stevenson have decided to move abroad for work related reasons.

Armagh were defeated by Cavan in the Preliminary Round of the Ulster Championship, although the players’ decisions to move abroad are said to be unrelated to football.

A statement released on the Armagh GAA website on behalf of the county board and football management read:

“In the past 48 hours we have been informed by three of our players, Declan McKenna, Gavin McParland and Peter Carragher, that they have been offered work in America. They have all spoken with the team manager and explained their reasons which were unrelated to football.

The manager, while deeply disappointed, accepted their reasons and wished them well with their future prospects. The manager also asks that supporters do not judge these players harshly without being in possession of the full facts. The manager regards them as fine young men who have given great commitment to their county in the past.

Another player, Michael Stevenson, has also secured employment abroad and will be unavailable for the next 12 months.”