Saturday 25 March 2017

Huge boost for Donegal as two stalwarts commit to 2017 campaign

Karl Lacey
Karl Lacey
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has received a massive boost ahead of the 2017 season with the confirmation that veteran defenders Frank McGlynn and Karl Lacey will play next year.

The experienced duo have been subject to retirement speculation since Donegal exited the championship at the quarter-final stage to eventual All-Ireland winners Dublin.

“They’re two top-quality players,” Gallagher told Donegal Sport Hub.

“They’re two guys who now have kids and have given their all for Donegal so they don’t owe us anything.

“They want to contribute their best for Donegal and they want to play for Donegal, which says a lot about them, that they are willing to put their bodies and reputations on the line."

Christy Toye, Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh have yet to make their intentions known.

Ingoing hip problems mean David Walsh won't figure next year.

2012 All-Ireland winners Eamonn McGee and Colm McFadden have announced their inter-county retirement since the Dublin defeat.

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