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Cassidy hints at return as McEniff calls for end to row

Gerry McLaughlin

Published 04/01/2012 | 05:00

Axed Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has hinted that his inter- county career may not yet be over.

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His comments came as former Donegal boss Brian McEniff yesterday called for "Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy to settle their differences".

When asked, on TG4's Seo Spoirt, by ex-Kerry star Dara O Cinneide if he would miss being involved with Donegal, his reply was interesting: "We'll see. You never say never, I guess," which seems to indicate his Donegal career may not yet be over.

When contacted for further clarification on the matter yesterday, Cassidy said he did not have anything further to add.

"Enough has been said and written," he stated.

The All Star added, however, that he was very positive about Donegal's chances of building on last year's Ulster success.

"If you think back to the Cork game in 2009, we were beaten by 17 points and again by 11 points by Armagh in 2010 and we said we had to rectify some problems.

"But this year, if a game is tight and you have players like Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden up front, you have a chance of winning.

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"But teams will be waiting for us this year so things have to change a bit, but to have self-belief that you can win against the likes of Kerry, Dublin, Tyrone and Armagh is the key.

"Young players are coming through the ranks under Jim McGuinness at U-21 so they know our system, but, if we get a few more good forwards, who knows what will happen."

Meanwhile, McEniff, writing in the 'Donegal Democrat', said his New Year's wish would be that "Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy would settle their differences early in the year and to see Kevin back playing with the county again.

"I know both men well and it would be my fervent wish to see Kevin back in the green and gold," he said.

County chairman PJ McGowan appeared to echo those sentiments when he told the recent county convention that the passage of time "can remedy many disagreements".

McGowan also hit out at what he termed outside forces who were trying to create division in the GAA in Donegal. He said it was regrettable that Donegal had become the focus of national attention over "internal matters".

However, McGuinness insists "the matter had been dealt with."

Elsewhere, Offaly hurling legend Brian Whelehan has moved counties in his latest step into management. He is taking charge of former All-Ireland club champions Kiltormer as the Galway side bid to rediscover the glory days.

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