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Derry poised to call up former Lilywhite

FORMER Kildare defender Declan Brennan looks set for a switch to Derry.

Brennan, based at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, has already transferred from his native Rathangan to Ballinascreen and could be set to switch his county allegiances as well.

While he is not part of new manager John Brennan's 25-man Dr McKenna Cup panel, he has taken part in recent trial matches. He didn't feature for Kildare in their run to last year's All-Ireland semi-final, with his last start coming against Offaly in the 2009 Leinster SFC.

While Derry could be adding to their squad, Mickey Harte looks like losing one of his bench options, with reports that Raymond Mulgrew will not be part of the Tyrone panel this year.

Mulgrew had been included in the McKenna Cup squad before Christmas, but it is understood the former All Star nominee has opted out and Harte has called up Paddy McNeice of county champions Coalisland.

Elsewhere, Mayo could be playing their home games under lights in the upcoming National Football League.

After months of planning delays, the wait has proved worthwhile for McHale Park as it has received permission from An Bord Pleanala to host floodlit matches.

If Mayo officials can meet 16 conditions to sort out minor planning issues, the redeveloped Castlebar venue could be able to host Down on Saturday, February 5 under lights.

Mayo had planned to host Galway in similar circumstances last year, but those plans were scuppered by objections to the ground's broadcasting tower and floodlights.

"We'll get the lights adjusted to comply with that so that we'll be able to use the lights. After that, we'll proceed with the tower and make the modifications," explained Mayo secretary Sean Feeney.

"There are other modifications that we have held back on, like putting in extra turnstiles. It's not going to cause any major hassle."

Irish Independent