Brennan will continue to tinker for UUJ

Paddy Bradley scoring one of his nine points against Kildare in the Allianz National League Division One game in Celtic Park last night.

Paddy Bradley scoring one of his nine points against Kildare in the Allianz National League Division One game in Celtic Park last night.

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JOHN Brennan will continue to ring the changes for next Saturday’s encounter with UUJ and he confirmed Paddy Bradley is expected to play some part in the game.

Michael WIlson reports

Along with brother Eoin, the older Bradley was part of a small group of players who were put through their paces in a separate session before Sunday’s encounter with Cavan and should return for the clash with the students as Derry build toward what the Derry manager describes as a ‘very tough’ League campaign.

“I will make more changes for next week,” explained Brennan, “It doesn’t matter how well those players played against Cavan when you realise that six of the teams we encounter in the league this year - including ourselves - were all Division One teams a few years ago. There is Meath, Tyrone, Monaghan, Galway, Kildare - do I have to go on?

“That’s what is ahead of us and I have to look at who I think is going to be the best to get us through that haul of very tough league matches.

“Hopefully Paddy will play here next Saturday night but I cannot go against medical advice. Confidence is what Paddy needs now and we hope to give him some game time next Saturday.”

Despite understandably wanting to look at the options he has available, the Derry manager said he was very satisfied with the effort of his much changed side on Sunday.

“We kicked away a few silly balls out of the half-back line against Cavan but it was our first game and I remain very proud of the effort those young fellas put in. We had a very young team out there.

“We were down twice in the second half and battled back. I thought it would have been an injustice at the end had they scored.”