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Lynn vows to put injury nightmare to rest in Derry's big showdown

By Declan Bogue

Coming the other side of what was supposed to be a winter of turmoil, with player defections and self-imposed retirements, Derry's Enda Lynn believes they will give their success-starved supporters something to cheer about in this weekend's McKenna Cup decider against Tyrone, a year on from his own injury hell.

Lynn suffered an horrific broken ankle in last year's final against Tyrone, but is back on form as he displayed in Ulster's Inter-Provincial win over Connacht in December.

"Obviously I was injured in the McKenna Cup final last year but revenge in terms of overturning the result is all that is in the mind-set at the minute," he said.

"We will be up for this challenge. I thought at one stage we had two hands on the cup in last year's final but somebody took the other hand off! But, at the end of the day, you want to be playing against the best teams in Ulster.

"I'm a man who hasn't had too much success in my career and anything that's going, whether that be in a challenge game or championship or league, I will happily take it," the Greenlough man said after their stunning late rally to defeat Monaghan in Sunday's semi-final.

"I always want to win," he continued.

"This set of Derry players want to win as well and if you get into that winning habit then you might not get out of it! Again, if you're in a losing habit it can be hard to win.

"The players we have means that we can play in any manner. If we need to play defensively we will go that way and if we get the chance to play attacking football, we will go with that."

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