McGoldrick named new Derry captain

BARRY McGoldrick has been named the new Derry senior football captain, boss John Brennan confirmed after watching his side comprehensively defeat Monaghan at Celtic Park on Sunday.

The Eoghan Rua player, who takes over from Glenullin's Gerard O'Kane, will have Mark Lynch as vice-captain for the forthcoming National League and Ulster Championship campaigns.

The centre half-back, who has started the season in superb form, said it was an honour to be selected but stressed it would not effect his game.

"John told me about it the other night at training. It's nice to get it but it won't really change my game. I'll just play my normal game and support all the other players," he revealed.

"I don't mind that responsibility. It's quite a young team out there but we have a few of the old heads still playing and playing very well. John's got a good mix there.

"It's only the McKenna Cup but it's nice to get three wins on the bounce. I'm very pleased to have got it and hopefully I'm a lucky captain, that's the most important thing. It won't change my game much.

"Training's been good, everyone's pulling together but as I say, it's early days yet. It's nice to win and to win well and play some good football. We're just pleased with how things have started," he added.

Manager, Brennan echoed his captain's thoughts at the positive start but stressed no-one would be getting carried away just yet.

"I am very far from getting carried away, there is a massive job ahead of us. That was only our third McKenna Cup game," explained the Derry manager.

"The McKenna Cup has been very useful for us. We are doing fine but we've had very little game-time and to get properly organised you need games. To be able to discuss things, you need the games. Hopefully with every game we can improve. We still have massive work to do and more players to come in but those who are away with Universities are going to have to fight very hard to get in. When you see players like Brian McCallion and Niall Holly who came through development squads, they can see there is a big challenge."

The Derry manager said he was delighted with the impact Greenlough's McCallion had made on his senior debut.

"A lot of players did really well but I normally try not to single out players but if I have to, I would mention young Brian McCallion who came in at corner-back.

"This is a young fella I have a lot of time for. He has come through the development squad along with our keeper Danny Devlin and one or two others. Brian did very well. For a corner-back to go up and score two very good points speaks volumes and again he is another example of the untapped talent that lies within Derry, talent I believe in. I have to mention him but that's not forgetting our keeper, Danny Devlin, who has made two penalty saves in two weeks, from the 11m line, not the 13m line," he added