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Barton and McGeeney to tinker with their line-ups

Getting players used to the rigours of senior football is Derry manager Damian Barton's biggest hope for January's McKenna Cup.

On his decision to go largely with a development group of players, bolstered by some experienced figures in each line, Barton said:

"It's a hugely challenging environment at the minute in terms of commitment, in terms of development of players - it takes a period of time.

"I think we're at a developmental stage.

If you ask Mayo how long it took to build their team or you look back and see how long some of those guys have been playing you're talking about three to five years no matter what team it is now.

"We'll see how these guys develop."

Meanwhile, Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney hands a number of debuts to Oisin Lappin, following an impressive showing for Maghery in their Championship win, Simon McCoy, Niall Rowland and Ciaran Higgins, all the new boys in defence.

Ciaran McKeever is named at full-forward, but it is unlikely he will play in that position.

DERRY: B McKinless; O Hegarty, O Duffin, P Hagan; P Coney, J Doherty, N Forester; G O'Neill, A McLaughlin; M Warnock, N Loughlin, C McWilliams; R Bell, E McGuckin, B Heron

ARMAGH: M McNeice; O Lappin, C Vernon, P Hughes; S McCoy, N Rowland, C Higgins; S Sheridan, A Findon; A Forker, N McConville, R Grugan; A Duffy, C McKeever, O MacIomhair

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