Tuesday 16 January 2018

McHugh: I didn't fall out with anybody

Donegal's Mark McHugh
Donegal's Mark McHugh
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MARK McHugh insisted last night that he has "not fallen out with anyone" involved in the Donegal set-up and stressed that his reason for withdrawing from the panel recently was purely personal.

There has been speculation that the 23-year-old withdrew after the Division 2 final because he was not getting his starting place in Jim McGuinness' team which is now playing a different style than in 2012, when he played a key roving role in their All-Ireland victory.

But speaking publicly for the first time since he left on Newstalk radio, McHugh said he had been thinking about it for some time.

"It wasn't a decision I made overnight. If I felt myself that I wasn't a benefit to the Donegal team, or I wasn't enjoying life or my football, there was just no point me being there," he said.

"I still love Donegal. I'll go up and support them against Derry next week.

"It's not that I've fallen out with anybody. I just made a decision on my own behalf, talked to people that I trust and I made the decision.

"When you're not enjoying it and it's not a job, and you're not being paid for it, then you do question why you're doing it," added the 2012 All Star.

"I wasn't enjoying it and just felt I needed a break at the moment and I will look at it again next year."

McHugh said he was enjoying playing with his club since and has played three games with them already. He also said he has exams next week which was a factor in his decision.

Irish Independent

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