DOWN assistant boss Aidan O’Rourke has moved to quickly dispel suggestions of a rift between the Mourne management team and their former captain Ambrose Rogers.
The Longstone midfielder did not travel for Down’s Division One National League clash with Cork last weekend, prompting speculation and rumours of a fall-out in the camp and a refusal by the player to make the trip.
However, O’Rourke insisted to Gaelic Life this week that there had been no such rift, and that the decision to omit Rogers from the squad was in line with their ongoing managerial practice.
“It’s simple enough. Ambrose is lacking match fitness at the minute, along with a number of our other long-term injured players. For that reason, we didn’t envisage using him against Cork and therefore he didn’t travel.”
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