We have to hit the ground running – Rory Gallagher

Promotion to Division 2 of the National Football League is priority for Derry and a win in the opening game this weekend is seen as hugely important given the shortened regionalised league format.

The Oak Leaf County start their Division 3 north campaign away to Longford and then have games with Cavan and Fermanagh.

Derry boss Rory Gallagher says it's exciting to be back training and playing but knows they have to get off to a good start...