'He is Donegal’s greatest ever player' - All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy on Michael Murphy
Donegal All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy has hailed current captain Michael Murphy as Donegal's 'greatest ever player' as the Tír Conaill Men prepare to take on Tyrone in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final in Clones.
Molloy, who captained Donegal to their first ever All-Ireland championship in 1992, says that Murphy is the greatest player the county has ever produced and that his exceptional leadership qualities separate him from the rest of the county's other great players.
“Quite simply he is Donegal’s greatest ever player, and we have had some good ones, but that is my firm opinion," Molloy told the Irish News on Friday.
“Michael has everything, attitude, ability, accuracy and most of all exceptional leadership qualities.
“He was captain at only 22 and has led us since 2011 which says it all and he has never lost his hunger and is always trying to improve.
“All the lads on the squad look up to him and he can bring people with him in his own quiet but very determined way.
“He is quiet by nature and shuns the limelight but always leads by example.
“And apart from these obvious qualities, he can catch, kick frees, tackle and plays from square to square and is definitely the complete package.”
Donegal will face Tyrone for the fifth time in six seasons on Sunday as Rory Gallagher's side look to advance to their seventh consecutive Ulster SFC final.
The Forgotten County have lost their last two Ulster finals, with back-to-back losses to Monaghan and then Tyrone, however, Murphy insists that his side will now have an increased emphasis on attack this weekend, after scoring 12 points or less in their last two meetings with Mickey Harte's side.
"Tyrone are formidable and they can mix the tough defence with the swashbuckling forward style play," Murphy told RTE Sport.
"In terms of attack they have a hell of a lot of scorers throughout the pitch, coming from midfield and also coming from their shooters up front.
"Rory is trying to put something in place so we score a bit more. But with the way the game is going we still need to look on our defence.
"Keeping things out is a major aspect of our game, as well as trying to get forward and get the ball over the bar."