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Veterans delighted to line-out for Anto

By Declan Bogue

A host of veteran players has been added to the roster for manager of the Ulster Select, Joe Kernan, ahead of Saturday night's 'Game for Anto' at Ulster Rugby's Kingspan Stadium.

Kernan, who is assisted by former Donegal and fellow provincial manager Brian McEniff, will be able to call on a number of illustrious names who have since retired from the inter-county scene, or else are in the autumn of their careers as they prepare to take on Dublin (throw-in 6pm) in aid of deterMND, the foundation created by Anto Finnegan after he went public with his Motor Neuron Disease condition.

Tyrone's Ryan McMenamin and Conor Gormley have confirmed their availability. Long-serving Antrim goalkeeper Sean McGreevey will be looking to tend to the nets, while there will also be a sighting of Derry's Eoin Bradley, currently committed to a career in the Irish League with Glenavon.

Others who will feature include Donal O'Hare and Dan Gordon of Down, while former Fermanagh captain Marty McGrath is relishing the prospect of participating in the one-off 13-a-side game.

"It's a great honour, a great cause and I have to say I am delighted to be involved in any way," the 31-year-old sales rep told The Belfast Telegraph.

Despite retiring from the inter-county scene at the end of 2013, McGrath is still producing strong performances for his club, St Joseph's, and he added.

"I am hoping that I won't be run off the park," he said.

"It's been a while since I have played inter-county football and of course the Dubs bring their own talents to the thing.

"They have been the benchmark for the last couple of years, bar that second half against Donegal. I am just hoping they will go easy on me."

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