Despite not having picked up a league win yet, Armagh’s Jamie Clarke, believes that the team is going in the right direction.
Armagh sit seventh in Division Two following draws with Kildare and Clare respectively, followed by a defeat to Meath last week. However, it must be said that the all three of the Orchard County’s games were played away from home and the two draws could easily have been two wins.
The outcome of Armagh’s result against Meath highlights the topsy-turvy nature of Division Two and how one result can be crucial to a teams fortunes. Both counties started the game on level points. Meath finished the day top of the table, whilst Armagh slipped into relegation territory.
Talisman, Jamie Clarke, believes that despite being winless thus far, Armagh are headed in the right direction.
Speaking at the launch of the Bodibro High PerformanceSportswear 2019 GAA range, Clarke painted a picture of a happy Armagh camp who who are just trying to move forward together, as one.
“A lot of things, the work we’re putting in, the friendship in the group, the trust, the style of football we’re playing, the way we’re playing, the chances we’re creating.
“I think it’s just down to missed opportunities you know, we have our targets and we’re getting there, it’s just trying to convert them.
“There are moments in games – the Kildare and Clare game, the Meath one got away from us a bit in the first half and I think it was just a bit naive by us, still trying to play our own way against a strong breeze, which was difficult – but we have that trust and that belief in ourselves that we’re going in the right direction.”
Friendship is something that seems important to Clarke.
Why else would he down tools and return from New York – the place he admits to being his ‘second home’ – if he wasn’t coming back to represent a team and county made up of his best mates.
“I think that’s probably one of the most important things for us. We see each other five or six times a week, you see your family, you see your teammates, it’s kind of, all the one at this stage.
“We rely on each other a lot, even off the pitch – I think it’s important that we are best mates, I think it’s a natural thing between us, it’s not forced, whether it’s going out together, going for coffee or hanging out, we get on well with each other.”
For Clarke, it’s about taking it one game at a time and seeing where this young Armagh side will end up. If they still have each other come to the season’s end, then it will have been a success.
“That we’ve given it our all and that we know we’re making progress in the right direction. It’s one game at a time – we’ve a big one in a couple of weeks.
“I think ultimately when we come to the end of the season that we’re still best mates and that we still have each other, that’s the most important thing.”