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Armagh set for life without star forward as Clarke is Stateside bound

The attacker is set to depart after Crossmaglen’s All-Ireland club campaign concludes.

Jamie Clarke runs out for the second-half of Armagh's qualifier against Galway last year.
Jamie Clarke runs out for the second-half of Armagh's qualifier against Galway last year.
Image: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

JAMIE CLARKE IS unlikely to play for Armagh in the 2016 season as he is set to go travelling after Crossmaglen’s All-Ireland club football campaign ends.

Manager Kieran McGeeney has confirmed that Clarke has indicated his plans to return to the United States when the club season finishes.

“I was chatting to Jamie and he has indicated he is gone for the year,” McGeeney stated on the BBC Northern Ireland sports website.

Armagh champions Crossmaglen are chasing a seventh AIB All-Ireland senior crown this spring after winning the Ulster final last November against Monaghan’s Scotstown.

They face Mayo’s Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland semi-final on 13 February with a final place beckoning on St Patrick’s Day if they win that game.

Kieran McGeeney: "I was chatting to Jamie and he has indicated he is gone for the year." Source: ©Russell Pritchard/Presseye

Talented attacker Clarke travelled to the USA last summer in the wake of  Armagh’s exit in the All-Ireland football qualifiers against Galway last July.

He subsequently missed Crossmaglen’s county winning campaign in Armagh but returned in October and was sprung from the bench during their Ulster club wins over Kilcoo and Scotstown.

Stephen Finnegan and Jamie Clarke celebrate winning Jamie Clarke celebrates last year's AIB Ulster club final win with Crossmaglen teammate Stephen Finnegan. Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

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