Morgan set to challenge for Derry keeper’s spot
Derry manager John Brennan unearthed a rare gem when he plucked Danny Devlin from virtual obscurity to become the team’s regular goalkeeper this year.
Such was Devlin’s skill and athleticism that he was chosen on a provincial All Star team — a just reward for his feats between the posts.
Now Brennan could have struck gold again with the inclusion of Kilrea custodian Paul Morgan in his squad for the Power NI Dr McKenna Cup competition.
Kilrea reached this year’s Derry Championship final in which they were beaten by Ballinderry and Morgan’s displays proved a major contributory factor in their progress.
In the short term he is likely to find himself cast in the role of understudy to Devlin as long-serving Michael Conlan is recovering from a hernia operation.
Conlan made his debut for Derry a decade ago and helped Ballinderry to win the All-Ireland club title in 2002.
He has been one of the most dependable goalkeepers in the province but now faces several weeks on the sidelines as he recovers from surgery.
He plans to return to the Derry squad, though, his appetite for the game as strong as ever.
In the meantime Morgan may be given his chance as Brennan seeks assurances that he has adequate cover for the National League in which Derry are in what he describes as “a very demanding Division Two.”
Derry PRO Chris McCann said: “John Brennan’s decision to plump for Danny Devlin proved correct and he now believes that Paul Morgan is capable of doing the business. That we still have Michael Conlan in the frame is a bonus.”