Neil Forester has given sterling service to Derry in the past and the indications are that he still has much to offer the Oak Leaf County.
But for now Forester is totally focused on trying to bring his Steelstown club into the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship decider when they meet Kerry and Munster champions Na Gaeil in the semi-final at the Connacht Centre of Excellence today (2pm).
In winning their Derry and Ulster titles to date, Steelstown have shown composure, character and resilience. And this is where Forester will come into the equation. His energy, drive and leadership skills are such that Steelstown invariably take their lead from him and this is certain to be the case when the chips are down today.
Not that Steelstown are a one-man show — far from it, indeed. Cahir McMonagle, Gareth Logue, Oran McMenamin, Ben McCarron, Mark Foley and Ryan Devine are among those who will bring special skills to the table against a Na Gaeil side that is similarly blessed with talent.
And nowhere does this apply more than in their inside line up front. Jack Sheehan and Darragh Carmody in particular have shown themselves to be supreme marksmen in the surge to provincial glory while Niall O’Mahoney and Eoin Doody are the twin pillars of a defence that rarely concedes too much.
Meanwhile, Cavan and Ulster champions Denn will meet Kerry and Munster title holders Gneeveguilla in the All-Ireland Junior Club Football semi-final at Tullamore today (1.30pm).