Mark Gardiner, from the Simonstown Gaels club in Meath, will make his Allianz League debut for Antrim on Sunday.
A two-time Meath SFC winner, Gardiner has been picked at corner-back for the Saffrons' Division 4 opener at home to Wexford in Glenavy.
Goalkeeper Oisin Kerr (Creggan Kickhams) and midfielder Marc Jordan (Lamh Dhearg) are other newcomers introduced by manager Lenny Harbinson.
Meanwhile, Paddy Cunningham, who recently returned to the county squad at the age of 34 after starring for Lamh Dhearg in their run to last year's county SFC final, is selected at corner-forward.
Antrim (Allianz FL Division 4 v Wexford): Oisin Kerr; Patrick Gallagher, Ricky Johnston, Mark Gardiner; Declan Lynch, James McAuley, Peter Healy; Colum Duffin, Marc Jordan; Eunan Walsh, Patrick McBride, Niall Delargy; Patrick Cunningham, Ruairi McCann, Conor Small.
Subs: Andrew Hasson, Fintan Burke, Odhran Eastwood, Eamon Fyfe, Ciaran Garland, Adam Loughran, Dermot McAleese, Ryan McNulty, Conor Murray, Eoin Nagle, Ben Rice.
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