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GAA:Bradley poised to give Claudy big lift

GLENULLIN man Liam Bradley is the new boss at Claudy as the Derry managerial merry-go-round continues.

GLENULLIN man Liam Bradley is the new boss at Claudy as the Derry managerial merry-go-round continues.

Straight-talking Bradley takes on the task of turning north Derry's great under-achievers into the potent force they are capable of becoming.

Over the past few years Claudy, with their conveyor belt of young attacking talent, have threatened to break into the big time but somehow the wheels came off the wagon after a few wins and it was back to the struggle to stay clear of relegation again.

They were tipped for promotion last year and after eight points from five games it all looked finished above the relegation zone.

It hasn't gone unnoticed that Claudy don't always have their best fifteen available and while injuries have played a big part there seems to have been a distinct lack of interest from some players.

Liam Bradley is the father of outstanding young prospects Liam and Eoin Bradley and he will be trying to ensure that all Claudy's best players are available for every game.

There is an enormous amount of talent at the club with players such as the Donaghys, McNallys, Reillys, Whites, McCloskeys, Murphys Peoples and McDermotts.

If Bradley can get the commitment from his players then the good days could be back for the boys in blue.

Ballerin, another club who were once big guns but are now down on their luck, have brought in All-Ireland medal winner Richard Ferris from nearby Drumsurn.

Ferris, who is joint manager of the Derry under-21 side with Bradley, has a proven record as coach and his immediate aim is to bring the men from Errigal parish out of the third division.

Glenullin have appointed long serving player Colm Rafferty to look after their fortunes.

king for a better start.

Meanwhile, there is bad news for Derry hurlers. Geoffrey McGonigle is in the football panel and is virtually certain not to feature in the plans of hurling manager Dominic McKinlay's league plans. McGonigle has bounced between the two panels like a rubber ball for the last eight years.

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