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Derry can step out of the shadows and achieve something again: Paul McFlynn

 

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Eye on the ball: Derry’s Christopher Bradley and his team-mates have big games ahead

Eye on the ball: Derry’s Christopher Bradley and his team-mates have big games ahead

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Pressure point: Paul McFlynn (left), in action in 2006, believes Derry will feel the heat when inter-county fixtures resume

Pressure point: Paul McFlynn (left), in action in 2006, believes Derry will feel the heat when inter-county fixtures resume

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Eye on the ball: Derry’s Christopher Bradley and his team-mates have big games ahead

Former Derry player Paul McFlynn is acutely aware that a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the Oak Leaf County last had reason to celebrate a meaningful landmark.

That was in 1998 when the Ulster title was captured but since then Derry, while boasting an enviable vibrant internal Club Championship competition, have remained among the also-rans on the inter-county stage.

Yet even though 2020 to date has offered no substantial evidence that this malaise can be eradicated, there is a growing feeling within the county that the shackles of mediocrity may be loosened.