NEMO Rangers's selection options for Sunday's Munster Club final against Ballinacourty have been increased with the news that experienced defender Paul Brophy is very much back in the frame.
Brophy, who generally plays in the full-back line, has been out since the summer with a groin injury sustained in the Cork Championship.
But he returned to training last month, and has made sufficient progress to convince team boss Ephie Fitzgerald that he is ready to play a part in the Fitzgerald Stadium contest.
Corner-backs Niall Geary and Brian O'Regan, who figured in the provincial semi-final win over Limerick's Ballylanders, could come under pressure from Brophy for a starting place, or the returning player could be used as an impact sub.
"Paul has done very well for us in the past, so it's great to have him back," enthused fFitzgerald, who has five Munster and four All-Ireland medals to his name.
The Leeside champions go into Sunday's showdown as overwhelming 1/8 favourites.