New Derry senior football manager Damian McErlain has received 'a huge boost' with the decision of the experienced Mark Lynch to commit to his panel for 2018.
The 31-year-old is named in a 29-man squad which has been unveiled by new Oak Leaf boss McErlain.
"To be honest, his decision was immediate," McErlain revealed to DerryGAA.ie.
"He's a central figure for us, a presence and a real leader to have around the panel."
Derry are due out in McKenna Cup action on Wednesday, January 3rd and securing promotion from the Allianz FL Division 3 will be one of their main priorities.
"We've assembled a fresh new panel. We've been delighted with the reaction of the players and the support we've received so far. Energy levels are high and that's what we want.
"2018 is just around the corner and we can't wait to get going."
Derry Senior Football Panel 2018: Michael Bateson (Newbridge), Emmett Bradley (Glen), Padraig Cassidy (Slaughtneil), Jack Doherty (Glen), Jordan Curran (Faughanvale), Peter Hagan (Banagher), Oran Hartin (Limavady), Benny Heron (Ballinascreen), Kevin Johnston (Dungiven), Patrick Kearney (Swatragh), Niall Keenan (Castledawson), James Kielt (Kilrea), Mark Lynch (Banagher), Enda Lynn (Greenlough), Conor McAtamney (Swatragh), Michael McEvoy (Magherafelt), Ciaran McFaul (Glen), Liam McGoldrick (Coleraine), Shane McGuigan (Slaughtneil), Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil), Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil), Ben McKinless (Ballinderry), Paul McNeill (Slaughtneil), Carlus McWilliams (Ballinascreen), Ruairi Mooney (Coleraine), Terence O'Brien (Loup), Brendan Rogers (Slaughtneil), Danny Tallon (Glen), Niall Toner (Lavey).