Sunderland winger McClean, Newcastle fullback Ferguson to commit to Northern Ireland
Gerry Armstrong is already working wonders for Northern Ireland in his role as elite player mentor.
Presumably they were "at risk".
Armstrong told the Daily Mail: "Let's just leave it at that. I've talked to them. But I can tell you, there's two who have come back already, who played for us at Under 17, went to the Republic and are now back.
"They've done that because of a lack of opportunity, but also not feeling part of it. Culturally they couldn't settle. It's interesting, a lot of people don't understand it."