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McGurk has task of taking Derry hurlers to new heights

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By Declan Bogue

Derry are set to unveil Colm McGurk as their new hurling manager at a county board meeting tonight. McGurk takes over from Tom McLean, who had been in charge of the Oak Leaf hurlers for two years and served under Ger Rogan for three years before that.

The new incumbent brings plenty of pedigree to the post.

As a hurler, McGurk won an Ulster title with Derry in 2000 and, with his club Lavey, landed 12 county titles.

As a footballer, McGurk was on the 1993 Derry team that won the Ulster and All-Ireland titles, the only Sam Maguire triumph in their history.

A nephew of current Cargin manager John Brennan, with Lavey he won four county titles, two provincial championships and one All-Ireland title.

McGurk, along with the likes of clubmen Seamus and Henry Downey, has the distinction of having won All-Ireland titles at club and county level.

Derry begin 2017 in Allianz Hurling League Division 2B, and are away to Nicky Rackard champions Mayo for the opener, travelling to Meath for their second match with two home games, against Wicklow and Roscommon, before then wrapping up their league campaign away to Down.

Former Slaughtneil hurling manager Mickey Glover will be team trainer.

Glover, an Ulster Council coach, has been an integral part of Slaughtneil's steady progression as a hurling force and led them to the 2014 Ulster club final that they lost in extra-time to Cushendall.

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