Clarke looks ahead to Cross club clash

Published Friday, 15 February 2013
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Crossmaglen Rangers are looking forward to their clash with St Brigid’s at the all Ireland club semi-final this weekend, and the side has Jamie Clarke on board after the forward cast aside his travelling plans.

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Jamie was looking forward to jetting off, but instead he has decided to stay at home and fulfil his childhood dream of playing for his county.

"I took time to think about my situation and growing up I always wanted to play for Armagh. It was tough, the closer it got to making a decision," he told UTV Sport.

"I ended up changing my mind a couple of times. At the end of the day, Armagh have given a lot to me and I feel it would only be right to give what I can back."

So for now Jamie is focussing on Saturday's clash at Mullingar. It will be the third time Cross and St Brigid's have met within recent years, and although the player is expecting a close match, Jamie believes their hard work should pay off.

"We've trained hard over Christmas. We've kept our focus and all the preparations are done now and we are really chomping at the bit to get at it," he added.

Elsewhere the Orchard County is hoping to shake off their so-far strained season, following an early defeat by Laois.

While Jamie is hoping they can turn things around on the pitch, he also has a new interest off the field as he has taken on a PR and media post with Armagh. And he revealed it's going well so far, despite the ongoing financial squeeze.

"Businesses that we have met and people we've met have been very helpful. [There are] a lot of good Armagh people out there and people are willing to help," he added.

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