The return of the Bradley brothers - Paddy and Eoin - along with Raymond Wilkinson to Damian Cassidy’s Derry squad could hardly be more opportune.
With the Oak Leaf outfit set to take on All Ireland champions Kerry in Division One of the National Football League in Tralee on Sunday, the trio will provide an additional infusion of firepower that will be essential if the Ulster side is to erase the rather painful memory of that turgid performance against Dublin last time out.
While Eoin Bradley and Wilkinson are expected to start, Paddy Bradley may be held in reserve thus offering Cassidy a more than useful option from the substitutes bench.
Wilkinson enjoyed an extended stay in the side while Paddy Crozier was in charge but did not see regular action last year.
However, he turned in a five-star performance in Derry’s opening round league win over Tyrone but missed the outing against Dublin.
Now his scoring touch, allied to that of Eoin Bradley, should help fire up the Oak Leaf attack but the absence of James Kielt — who was involved in an AFL trial match at Gormanstown on Wednesday — along with Caolan O’Boyle and Declan Mullan because of the impending Ulster U21 Championship match against Tyrone could be felt rather sharply by Derry.
DERRY: B. Gillis, M. McGoldrick, K. |McCloy, D. McBride, C. Kielt, M. Lynch, G. O’Kane (Captain), Patsy Bradley, F. Doherty, A. McLaughlin, B. McGuigan, Brian Mullan, Paddy Bradley, Eoin Bradley, R Wilkinson.