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Paul Durcan has faith in the future for Donegal

Jim McGuinness' professionalism will ensure that his midweek commuting commitments to Glasgow will not dilute his involvement with Donegal, according to Paul Durcan.

The All-Ireland winning goalkeeper feels his manager is "smart enough" to divide his time and he's confident that McGuinness will leave nothing to chance over the next six months.

"I don't see it in any way being a disadvantage. A man has got to work and for Jim, it's a job," he said.

"He is smart enough to differentiate between Donegal and Celtic. It's another sport, but it's not really going to affect Donegal. It can only be an advantage to bring that professionalism."

Durcan accepts that the travel may be demanding, but points out that it takes him the same time to come from Dublin for training as it will for McGuinness to travel from Glasgow when he has to.

"Maybe the commute will be tough for Jim. He has gone in part-time, but there's plenty of people in the country commuting to England, so it is not as big an issue and you can be in Glasgow as quick as you can be in Dublin.


"So, I think Jim will be well able for it and he will have a programme set out. We will just have to work around that as well. He is the type of person who knows what he is doing for the next six months and he will keep to that.

"Maybe it will test people's patience, but I think the people of Donegal will know he is giving 100pc to Donegal, so I don't think there will be issues."

The All Star goalkeeper doesn't know if McGuinness will manage Donegal beyond a third year. "I don't know what his plan is. I'm just looking forward to going back to try and defend our Ulster title."

Durcan – who won four Ireland soccer schoolboy caps before devoting all his time to Gaelic football – has just completed his ninth year as a member of the Donegal senior team, but he has really flourished over the last two.

"I don't know if it's something to do with the current regime, it's just something I had to take upon myself," he said.

The Four Masters clubman also feels that Donegal may need to evolve again if they are to retain their title.

"Our forward play improved a bit, but maybe our defensive side of things took a bit of a knock this year," he said. "We need to work on that again and raise the bar again."

Irish Independent