Armagh footballer Jamie Clarke signs for Northern Ireland Premiership side

ARMAGH GAA STAR Jamie Clarke is ‘delighted’ to have signed for Newry City AFC.

The arrival of the Crossmaglen Rangers footballer was announced last night, ahead of Newry’s 2022/23 Northern Ireland Premiership opener against Carrick Rangers FC.

Clarke, 33, excelled through a stop-start inter-county career with Orchard County. The gifted striker is a joy to watch but has taken a series of breaks to travel and pursue his ambition of working in the fashion industry.

He also played soccer – locally with Cartwheel United and a stint with New York Shamrocks in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 while in the Big Apple.

Clarke is understood to be playing for Cross this year as well, but this new venture is an interesting one.

“Jamie is obviously well known for his exploits on the Gaelic pitch, but he has shown in the short time he has been with us that he can add something to our attacking squad,” the Newry manager said. , Darren Mullen.

“He’s a smart, skilful player and he’s keen to show what he can do at this level of football.

“Obviously it will take him a while to lay down, but I can’t wait to see him play in a Newry shirt.”

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“I’m delighted to sign for Newry,” Clarke added, “everyone has been so welcoming to help me settle in. They’re a tight-knit club and it shows on the pitch.

“Darren has been excellent to me and I’ve been very impressed with him and the coaching staff’s plans for the upcoming season. There is a brilliant mix of youth and experience, including my own friend James Teelan, who is an exceptional talent.

“I will put my head down now and work to help the team in the Premiership.”

Newry were promoted to the top flight after winning the Championship last season, while Armagh reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals, where they went out to Galway after a penalty shoot-out.