Saturday 17 August 2019

I have no real interest in football at the moment - MacNiallais

Odhran MacNiallais. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Odhran MacNiallais. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Odhran MacNiallais will play no part in Donegal's Championship campaign, with the inspirational midfielder admitting that he has "no real interest in football at the moment".

His decision to opt out comes as a major blow to Declan Bonner's squad - fresh from Division 2 success - with MacNiallais revealing that he doesn't have the "hunger or desire" to commit to inter-county football now.

"I have no real interest in football at the moment, the last few weeks even training with the club I haven't really enjoyed it and I just don't have the hunger and the desire to give the commitment to Donegal," MacNiallais told the Donegal Democrat.

"I explained that to Declan last week and he was very good about it. He just said 'that's grand, take your time and if you ever need us we're there for you'."

MacNiallais was instrumental in Gaoth Dobhair's Ulster club success in December but the 26-year-old revealed how life and football were "put into perspective" following the tragic passing of team-mate Mícheál Roarty,

"It's still tough," he said of Roarty's death in a traffic accident. "You wake up every morning and it's still hard to believe it happened. It puts life into perspective.

"Growing up football was everything to me and that's fading away a bit now.

"It's hard to explain but I just don't have the enjoyment and desire to play football. Football in the last few years is not as enjoyable as it used to be with the way that it's played and that's part of it too.

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"All in all, I'm just not really mad to play football and go out and commit. The commitment levels with Donegal and county teams are through the roof so it's tough and I just don't have the hunger and desire to put it in."

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