John McAreavey included in Down panel for Championship

John McAreavey and Mickey Harte
John McAreavey and Mickey Harte grieve at the funeral of Michaela Harte

John McAreavey, whose wife Michaela was murdered on honeymoon, has been included in a 32-man Down football squad for the Ulster Championship.

Michaela, daughter of Tyrone All-Ireland Football winning manager Mickey Harte, was killed in Mauritius in January just days after the couple were married.

Down are seeking to emulate their success last year, when they reached the All-Ireland Final.

McAreavey made his debut in 2008.

His first senior appearance came in the McKenna Cup, when he scored two goals and three points against Donegal.

Later that year he came on as a substitute in the All-Ireland Senior Football quarter-final against Wexford at Croke Park.

His selection for this year's panel comes just weeks after he led his club Tullyish to victory in a Division Three match.

The 30-year-old put in an impressive performance against Newry Mitchels, with his side winning 1-22 to 2-6 in Pairc na nOg.

McAreavey accrued a personal tally of 1-12 in the game.