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Thursday 23 November 2017

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London set their sights on former Dub Corkery

LONDON will make a bid to sign up former Dublin footballer, Niall Corkery, ahead of their forthcoming Allianz League Division 4 campaign.

The Kilmacud Crokes man has been living in the English capital since the latter part of 2010 - his only season with the Dublin seniors and one in which he started every championship match en route to an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Cork.

However, Corkery (pictured left) later moved to London for work reasons and now Exiles manager, Paul Coggins, is seeking to convince the player to join up with his squad.

"I will speak with Niall in the coming few weeks about coming on board," Coggins confirmed. "He is very busy with work. We have brought in Lorcan Mulvey, who played with Cavan and Christopher Calhoun, who is an excellent player and has played with Tyrone."

FORMER Down and current St Mary's coach, Paddy Tally, has predicted that third level colleges could withdraw from the Dr McKenna Cup after this season following the decision of Ulster Council to remove their right to the first pick of players also involved in inter-county squads.

Pre-season competitions in Leinster, Connacht and Munster all still allow third level institutions to have first call on their inter-county players but the Ulster Council last month reversed that particular rule and left the decision in the hands of the respective players.

Thus far, only Down have decided to allow their student contingent to play with their respective colleges and this Sunday Tally's St Mary's team will take on a Tyrone outfit featuring both his captain, Seán O'Neill and vice-captain, Peter Harte.

"This might be the last year for the universities," Tally warned.

"There is nothing to stop county managers demanding their players in future."

TYRONE (SF v Queen's): J Devine; PJ Quinn, J McMahon, D McCaul; S O'Neill, P Harte, S McNally; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; M Donnelly, M Penorse, M Murphy; P McNeice, J Lafftery, T McGuigan.

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