Former county player Ciaran Bonner of Glenswilly will form part of the new look Donegal squad for the forthcoming season.
Bonner, Naomh Conaill’s, Leon Thompson; the St. Michael’s pair of Christy Toye and Antoin McFadden; Conor Classon (Ardara) and Thomas McKinley (Naomh Colmcille) are all back in the Donegal squad for 2014.
They have all been members of the set-up at different times in the past with all, except Bonner and Thompson, having played under McGuinness in recent years.
Hugh McFadden, Killybegs; Stephen McLaughlin, Malin; Ciaran McGinley, Kilcar and Darach O’Connor, Buncrana have also received call-ups from the Donegal boss to what is a provisional panel, as he bids to shake things up for the season ahead.
The name of the new additions were revealed by McGuinness at a meeting of the squad and the new management team in Letterkenny over the weekend.
The meeting was in the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny on Saturday morning and at the gathering the manager introduced his new management team of Damien Diver, John Duffy and Paul McGonigle to the squad.
It is understood that he also laid out his plans for 2014 and the level of commitment that was required from the management team and the players. The squad are due to meet again on November 4th at which meeting the players are expected to sign up to the commitment requirements laid out by the manager and his backroom.
Ciaran Bonner was a regular in the team during the years of Brian McIver’s tenure as Donegal manager. He was a member of the 2007 National League winning side. He also played in the first season under John Joe Doherty but did not figure under McGuinness over the last three seasons.
One of the top club players in the county for a number of years, he has once again shown good form for Glenswilly this season.
Christy Toye was a regular member of the Donegal squad for the best part of the last decade until illness forced him out at the start of 2013.
All of the 2013 championship squad with the exception of Ryan Bradley and Ross Wherity are back on board again for 2014.
Bradley emigrated to Addis Ababa earlier this month, initially for a three month period. Ross Wherity has gone to the US.