'Crossmaglen Would Be Very Similar To Kerry. It's Football, Football, Football'

'Crossmaglen Would Be Very Similar To Kerry. It's Football, Football, Football'

"From a Cross point of view, Cross would be very similar to Kerry," says Jamie Clarke.

"It's football, football, football. You're bred into it.

"There was always that of winning and playing hard, playing free-flowing football. Club football allows for that."

The 29-year-old had just been asked why Crossmaglen Rangers - six-time All-Ireland club football champions - have produced and continue to produce so many stylish footballers.

"Even Rian [O'Neill] coming through now, he has that swagger about him," says Clarke, speaking at an event for Bodibro.

"Obviously, he's got that from Cross. It allows him to perform, once he gets on the big stage, and for it not to faze him."

Clarke says that on the pitch, there is an almost telepathic understanding between Crossmaglen players.


We have our own language where we can communicate, which is great.

For me and Rian, I just try to get him to communicate on the field a lot more. That goes for us all, it's an important part of the game now is just talking, talking, talking.

It could just be an understanding. It's just there within you and a lot of us have that on the pitch.

"We're playing in a team [where anyone can speak up]," added Clarke.

"I would take advice from Rian if he has it for me. It's not just about me giving him advice, it's about him as well enjoying it and letting him at it.

"Rian's really starting to come into his own now. He has big career ahead of him. Even in the next couple of games. You'll start to see him progress because he's starting to get comfortable playing 70 minutes at inter-county level."

Armagh footballer Jamie Clarke was speaking at the launch of Bodibro, High Performance Sportswear, 2019 GAA range. Bodibro specialises in personalised orders of training and match day gear for clubs, teams and colleges across Ireland. To find out more visit Photos by Stephen McCarthy/Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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