It was never a case that Neil McGee was going to hang up his boots and walk into the sunset with his one All-Ireland and three Ulster medals.
The teak tough Gaoth Dobhair man acknowledged as one of the best full-backs of his generation insists that while others might have contemplated retirement the thought never crossed his mind.
“It was always in my mind to come back. I know a couple of boys were thinking about it alright but for me that was never the case as far as I was concerned. I was always going to play again in 2015,” said Neil after watching his teammates secure a double score victory over Queen’s yesterday in Ballybofey.
“After the club championship I went to Australia with Ireland and I was in America with the All-Stars which were nice wee breaks.
“But as soon as I returned home I got back into the gym to keep me ticking over until we started back training properly the week before last.
“The break also gave a foot injury that was bothering me last year a chance to clear up too and thankfully it has and I’m hoping to be back for the start of the league but that is up to the doctors and the physios. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
“I’m only back training two weeks with the rest of the squad and I have a little more work to do before I’m fit to play again. The mood in the squad is good and training has been tough but good and it is a matter of building so we can catch up on those boys playing out there today.
“The most of those boys that played today have a lot of training done and are in good shape,”added Neil, who said that he found the win and a number of the performances against the Students encouraging for the year ahead.
Among those individual performances that impressed him was that of club mate Odhran MacNiallais.
“Odhran had a very good game and he kicked six points today. He is a very good footballer. He had a very good year last season and hopefully he can kick on now and have another good one this year.
“Christy Toye also had a very good game and you see the difference from last weekend against Derry, when you throw a few men around midfield with a physical presence. That was the big difference between today’s game and last Sunday against Derry.
“The team had more shape to it today and overall given the conditions it was a good team performance and hopefully the boys can repeat that again on Wednesday night against Fermanagh.”