Grugan returns to Armagh panel

JACK Grugan has returned to the Armagh panel in a further boost to Kieran McGeeney’s attacking options.

It follows the news that Ross McQuillan has also added to the squad after ending his Australian Rules career while Killeavy’s Ciaron O’Hanlon has also been brought back in. Jamie Clarke, however, is still considering his intercounty future.

Grugan, younger brother of Orchard half-forward Rory, has been one of the best club attackers in Armagh in recent seasons and was one of the main reasons why Ballymacnab reached back-to-back county finals in 2018 and ’19. Last season he scored four goals in a league game against Crossmaglen.

Grugan made a superb cameo off the bench in the 2015 Ulster U-21 loss to Tyrone but his senior career has failed to ignite.

He looked set for a big role in the 2019 season after hitting 2-3 in that season’s Dr McKenna Cup but his game-time was surprisingly limited after that and he dropped off Kieran McGeeney’s squad.

Now he has returned though to leave McGeeney with another nice headache up front as the Orchard county try and bounce back from their disappointing Ulster semi-final loss to Donegal last season.

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