Brian McIver has fielded an experimental side for Derry's opening
McKenna Cup clash with Monaghan on Sunday (throw-in: 2pm at Clones).

The Division Two league champions have four weeks to prepare for the
visit of Tyrone in the top flight of the NFL and, having won the Ó
Fiaich Cup in December, McIver has stuck with some of the new blood
that have impressed of late.

A fresh full back line sees two debutants in Mickey McShane and Oisin
Duffy join last year's fringe player, Declan Brown, in the last line
of defence whilst Dungiven's Mark Craig makes a return to county
action in the number six jersey for the first time in over 18 months
having been sidelined with injury.

Coleraine's Declan Mullan also makes a comeback in the forward line
anchored by a midfield which boasts captain Mark Lynch and Bellaghy
legend - and former county favourite - Fergal Doherty who is returning
to the Oak Leafers after a three-year hiatus.

Derry squad to face Monaghan:

1. Thomas Mallon (An Lúb)
2. Declan Brown (Baile Eachaidh)
3. Oisin Duffy (Forghleann)
4. Michael McShane (Baile na Scrine)
5. Conor McAtamney (Suaitreach)
6. Mark Craig (Dún Geimhin)
7. Sean Leo McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua)
8. Fergal Doherty (Baile Eachaidh)
9. Mark Lynch (Beannchar)
10. Ciaran McFaul (Gleann)
11. James Kielt (Cill Ria) (C)
12. Enda Lynn (Grainlocha)
13. Declan Mullan (Eoghan Rua)
14. Emmett McGuckin (Machaire Fíolta)
15. Benny Heron (Baile na Scríne)

16. Eoin McNicholl (Gleann an Iolair)
17. Dermot McBride (Baile na Scrine)
18. Aidan McAlynn (An Lúb)
19. Charlie Kielt (Cill Ria)
20. Carlus McWilliams (Baile na Scrine)
21. Peter Cassidy (Baile Eachaidh)
22. Niall Holly (Eoghan Rua)
23. James Kearney (Suaitreach)
24. Aaron Kerrigan (Clóidigh)
25. Ciaran McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua)
26. Anthony O’Neill (An Lúb)

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