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Donaghy Explains How Work Commitments Made Armagh 'Nice Fit'

Donaghy Explains How Work Commitments Made Armagh 'Nice Fit'

Kieran Donaghy is looking forward to working with the Armagh footballers in the new season, with the former Kerry star joining Kieran McGeeney's backroom team.

Donaghy feels the Armagh players have huge potential and a very good set-up. He's planning to go into management long term, having jointly-managed IT Tralee in this season's Sigerson Cup.

"I've been talking to Kieran [McGeeney] a good bit over the last number of months," Donaghy, who works as Business Development Manager for PST Sport, told Sky Sports GAA show Inside The Game.

"I've been doing a lot of work with my company up around the North, so I'm going to be around there more. I'm in Dublin two days a week as well.

"It's a nice fit. Kieran is a fantastic guy and has a serious set-up there. I'm delighted to get in, learn off him, and lend any expertise I have to his playing group. It's an exciting project for me. I've been looking to go down the management road.

"It's something I'm obviously interested in, and I'm looking forward to getting in with a very talented group of players. Working out of Dublin two days a week, it's only an hour and 20 minutes up the road. I'm sick of staying in hotels on a nightly basis.

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"So this will be a great outlet for me to go up after my work appointments, and get up there, and get in with a group of players that are newly promoted to Division 1 and striving for more, and striving for a run in Ulster next year. They have a great backroom side. I'm going up to see if I can have a tiny bit of influence on them, and see what we can do."

The Austin Stacks footballer worked with Galway hurlers in 2019 and hopes to bring some basketball expertise to the Armagh set up.

"[I'll be] working with the forwards, and defensive stuff, probably bringing my basketball background and my small bit of experience on the GAA pitch to the set-up," said Donaghy.

"I'm looking forward to it. That will be my role, and obviously there'll be days when I'm at home in Kerry and won't be able to make it. But for the most part, I'll fix my work schedule for my appointments in the North or in Dublin around training days. The weekends, I'll be looking to get in as well."

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1 October 2016; Dejected Mayo players after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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