There were persistent rumours in Donegal today (Wednesday) that Kilcar’s Mark McHugh was no longer part of the Donegal panel.
However, when contacted McHugh would not confirm that he had left the panel. He said that he was waiting to talk to Jim McGuinness.
McHugh was used as a substitute on Sunday last when Donegal lost out to Monaghan in the Allianz National Football League Division Two final. He was introduced before half-time.
McHugh was not at training with Donegal on Tuesday night and in the aftermath, the rumours that he was no longer part of the squad, started.
The Kilcar man, who won an All-Star in 2012, has been part of the Donegal panel since 2010. He had been troubled by injury for part of this year’s National League and while named for the final game away to Armagh, was not able to start.
It is learned that two other panel members, Gary McFadden of Glenswilly and Thomas McKinley of Naomh Colmcille, have opted out
Efforts to contact Donegal manager, Jim McGuinness, to confirm or deny the departures have been unsuccessful.