Monday 26 June 2017

Lacey and McGlynn back again for Donegal

Donegal's Karl Lacey in action against Dublin last April. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Karl Lacey in action against Dublin last April. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Colm Keys and Michael Verney

Rory Gallagher has received a massive boost for 2017 with stalwarts Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn committing to Donegal's footballers for another year.

A raft of retirements were expected after Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee bowed out but Donegal Sports Hub reports that 2012 Footballer of the Year Lacey and All-Star defender McGlynn will return.

Frank McGlynn of Donegal. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Frank McGlynn of Donegal. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There are also high hopes that Christy Toye, Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh, who have made approximately 400 competitive appearances for Donegal between them, will commit as they bid to improve on this year, when they fell to Tyrone in the Ulster SFC final before losing to eventual All-Ireland champions Dublin in the last eight.

"They bring serious leadership to us and it will give everyone a lift to have them back with us again. It was refreshing news to hear that they wanted to give the commitment again," Gallagher said of Lacey and McGlynn.

Meanwhile, John Horan, has officially entered the race to be the next GAA president after being formally nominated by the Dublin County Board, becoming the fifth candidate to formally step forward to succeed Aogán ó Fearghail.

The election, which takes place at Congress in February, will also have former Leinster chairman Martin Skelly, Munster chairman Robert Frost, former Munster chairman Seán Walsh and former Connacht chairman Frank Burke on the ballot sheet.

The race could also include a sixth candidate if Wexford's Sheamus Howlin, a runner in 2014, confirms that he intends to stand.

Irish Independent

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