Sean Marty Lockhart comes in as one of four changes to the Derry team for Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final tie with Donegal (Ballybofey, throw-in 4pm).
Lockhart, a 1998 All-Star, has recovered from a shoulder injury to be named at left corner back in the Oak Leafers' line-up.
Francis McEldowney, who was replaced by Lockhart in the NFL Division 1 final, is the player to miss out.
Team captain Kevin McCloy is another change in the defence - he returns at full-back with Niall McCusker shifting to centre-back to replace the injured Liam Hinphey (osteitis pubis).
The two other alterations Derry boss Paddy Crozier has made to the side that won the league final are at goalkeeper and centre-forward.
Net minder John Deighan gets the nod over Barry Gillis, while Paul Murphy will lead the Derry attack in place of knee injury victim Barry McGoldrick.
Sunday's game pairs the current league champions against the 2007 winners in what will be the 18th championship tie between the counties.
The score stands at 10-7 in Derry's favour from the previous seventeen meetings.
The Oak Leafers beat Donegal in the last round of the recent Division 1 group series, winning by 0-15 to 0-10 in Letterkenny with Paddy Bradley and Conleth Gilligan scoring 0-9 between them.
Sunday's victors will progress through to an Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh on June 21.
DERRY (SFC v Donegal): J Deighan; K McGuckin, K McCloy (capt), SM Lockhart; G O'Kane, N McCusker, M McIver; F Doherty, J Diver; M Lynch, P Murphy, E Muldoon; C Gilligan, Paddy Bradley, E Bradley.
Substitutes: B Gillis, Patsy Bradley, P Cartin, J Conway, C Devlin, R Dillon, J Keenan, M McBride, Francis McEldowney, R McElhone, B McGoldrick, M McGoldrick, C Mullan, P O'Hea, R Wilkinson.