Damian McErlain has been ratified as Derry senior football manager for the 2019 season, following a meeting of Derry County Board on Tuesday night.

McErlain was appointed last August on a three-year term, following three seasons in charge of the county’s minor team.

Derry will open their NFL division four campaign away to Antrim in January.

The draw for the Ulster SFC will take place on Thursday night.

Mickey Donnelly returns as U20 football manager for a second season as Derry bid to retain their Ulster title.

Paddy Campbell, who commenced trials on Sunday for the 2019 season, is back in charge of the minor footballers.

Kevin Kelly, who previously ruled himself out of the vacant senior hurling post, will return as minor hurling manager after leading Derry to glory in the Celtic Challenge.

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