Kieran Toner ready to make Armagh comeback

Down's Conor Maginn in action against Kieran Toner of Armagh
Down's Conor Maginn in action against Kieran Toner of Armagh

Armagh's Championship prospects have been boosted by the return from Australia of midfielder Kieran Toner.

The 23-year-old Granemore clubman headed to Melbourne in December, unsure about whether he would be back for the Ulster Championship.

However, he was a spectator at Armagh's training session on Tuesday night as the county continued to prepare for the big 10 June clash with rivals Tyrone.

Toner's return is good news for Armagh after Stevie McDonnell's retirement.

The loss of star forward McDonnell was a huge blow for manager Paddy O'Rourke.

Armagh were relegated from Division One of the National League this year, but that disappointment would be forgotten if they could upset the odds and beat their neighbours Tyrone at the Athletic Grounds.

O'Rourke is also monitoring the fitness of Eugene McVerry who dislocated an elbow in February and Rory Grugan who has a hamstring injury.

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