There has been lots of speculation about the future of former Ballycastle and Antrim All Star Paul ‘Humpy’ McKillen since he stepped down as manager of the Antrim Camogs following their All Ireland Intermediate Championship final win over Kilkenny in September.
Humpy and his good friend Jingo McKernan had been at the helm for two years taking them to two All Ireland finals, the first of which they lost to Down in 2020 and the second which saw them clinch the title against Kilkenny. After two intense seasons the pair of them decided to step away and take a break. There were stories stating that the two of them had joined forces with former Oisins and Antrim star Johnny McIntosh and were taking over Armagh for next season, but Paul has been in touch with the Saffron Gael to straighten out matters. While admitting there was an element of truth in the original story the Cross & Passion College caretaker wanted to point out that although he had told Jingo he would take a few sessions with the Armagh girls later in the summer, he did not want to commit to be part of the management and what that all would entail.
Instead he is going back to where it all started with his home club Ballycastle, one which obviously is very close to his heart. “I started my days in management there when my girls were playing and I have decided that is where I will finish it”
Humpy is joined by Martin ‘Peeko’ McIlroy, Donal Cunningham and is waiting on confirmation from Colum Maguire to complete the team. Personal trainer Mark Lyons will be in charge of the fitness end of things.
Paul is looking forward the challenge, and after a welcome break he can’t wait to get back in action with girls in black and amber.