Lynn urges Derry to prove Ulster credentials
He may be Derry's longest-serving current player, but Enda Lynn fully intends to bring the zest and enthusiasm of a teenager to the Ulster Championship stage.
Two decades have elapsed since the Oak Leaf County last lifted the provincial trophy, but Lynn believes that the winning mentality which has been spawned through eight unbeaten games in the Allianz League can bolster his side for the forthcoming preliminary round tie against Tyrone.
Twelve years in the Derry jersey, during which he has filled every position in attack at one time or other, a burning desire to see the county rid themselves of the also-rans tag in the Ulster Championship and solid faith in manager Damian McErlain help to sustain Lynn's hopes that there are better days ahead.
The Greenlough clubman, who formerly captained his county, is adamant that the Oak Leafs can improve on the form they have shown to date this year.
"While it's great to have won promotion from Division Four, I think the challenge now for us is to go out and prove ourselves on the Championship stage," insisted Lynn.
And manager McErlain makes no bones about what he sees as a Championship priority.
"I think that we must keep a clean sheet against Tyrone, but clean sheets only come from good defending all over the pitch, and this will be essential in the Championship series," stated McErlain.