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Brendan Rogers in action Derry up against Laois' Paul Kingston last year.

Brendan Rogers in action Derry up against Laois' Paul Kingston last year.

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Brendan Rodgers playing for Slaughtneil in the 2018 All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final at Parnell Park.

Brendan Rodgers playing for Slaughtneil in the 2018 All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final at Parnell Park.

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Brendan Rogers in action Derry up against Laois' Paul Kingston last year.

With Gaelic games in lockdown until at least July 20 due to the deadly coronavirus, Sunday Life Sport has introduced a series with Armagh’s All-Ireland winner and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville, chatting with 11 of the biggest names in the sport.

This week it’s the turn of Derry dynamo Brendan Rogers. Tasked with the clamping down of the opposition’s best players,  Rogers takes it all in his considerably brisk stride. Hugely successful at club level, he feels now, at the age of 26, is a prime time for his county to start moving forward.

With players of immense talent and leadership like Rogers, surely it is the optimum time for that Derry revival.