Derry skipper Enda Lynn believes that the infusion of new blood into the side over the course of the Allianz League could now reap benefits in the Ulster Championship.
The Greenlough clubman is embarking on his twelfth championship season with the Oak Leaf side but admits the backdrop against which they will confront Donegal in the last of the quarter-finals on Sunday could hardly be more intimidating.
Derry's demotion to Division Four and the fact that they have been unable to field their strongest team to date this year heaps added pressure on the players. Twenty years have elapsed since Derry last captured the provincial crown but Lynn is hoping that his side can now turn the corner.
With newcomers such as Conor McCluskey, Peter Hagan, Padraig Cassidy and Padraig McGrogan having made a big impact, Lynn is convinced that this will bolster Derry's confidence for the clash with a Donegal side whose title ambitions have soared since that win over Cavan.
"The newer players have been making their voices heard at training and this is in addition to the fact that they are pushing other players on," reveals Lynn.
The manner in which Donegal overcame Cavan has, not surprisingly, been thoroughly digested in Derry.
"I think Donegal got a lot of easy scores against Cavan and the fact that they shot 2-20 represented massive finishing by any standards," maintains Lynn.
"However, they did concede 1-15 which is a big score and it's not like Donegal to be so generous to opponents. I don't think that Derry have anything to fear."