Friday 27 April 2018

Cassidy still has future with Donegal - Brian McEniff

Kevin Cassidy. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Cassidy. Photo: Sportsfile

DONEGAL legend Brian McEniff believes All Star defender Kevin Cassidy still has a future with the county under Jim McGuinness.

The 1992 All-Ireland-winning manager wants the rift that has emerged between the pair over revelations in the book 'This Is Our Year' to be healed, despite McGuinness' decision to axe the Gweedore man from his squad on Tuesday.

"At the turn of the year there could be a change of mind," McEniff said. "I'd certainly like to see that happen. It's hard, because I know both men well, but with a bit of time you never know. It's a very sour note to end the year on because we were in such a good place in Donegal after the year we had."

While there has been early talk of mediation between the pair, it remains to be seen whether McGuinness is open to allowing Cassidy rejoin the panel.

Each member of his 2011 squad had to sign two agreements at the start of their campaign, one of which covered discipline and the other a confidentiality agreement. McGuinness feels Cassidy breached the latter by revealing details of the team's preparations.

The Donegal manager had already taken a hard line with his players when he axed Adrian Hanlon from the squad for falling foul of the disciplinary regulations in the midst of their successful Ulster campaign.

Hanlon had started at corner-forward against Antrim in their championship opener, but was not asked to return as they went all the way to an All-Ireland semi-final.

The situation is further complicated by the upcoming team holiday to Florida early next month, as it's not clear whether Cassidy or Hanlon will be part of that trip.

Cassidy is due to release a statement today when he is expected to reiterate his position that he was "being honest" in the book and to indicate he will not be seeking a return to the squad.

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