Cassidy ends speculation about return

Kevin Cassidy has put in an end to all the ‘will he, won’t he speculation by firmly closing the door on a return to the Donegal colours anytime soon.

Kevin Cassidy has put in an end to all the ‘will he, won’t he speculation by firmly closing the door on a return to the Donegal colours anytime soon.

The double All-Star defender put an end to all the speculation on Friday night on TG4.

When asked by Dara O’Cinneide on the ‘Seo Spoirt’ programme, “have you or Jim McGuinness closed the door on your return to Donegal, is that the end of it?” Kevin replied: “That is the end of it, yes.

“The season has started, the lads are back training. Even for me, it would have been difficult to return and put in the same level of effort.”

Kevin also went on to say that he was training with the club and that he was enjoying what he was doing.

Speculation had increased in recent weeks of the return for the star defender when Jim McGuinness seemed to leave the door open when questioned on the matter at the launch of the Allianz League in Dublin last month.

However, the player himself has spoken and it is pretty clear from what he said that his county playing days are over for now at least for the 30 year-old.

Kevin was on the TG4 programme as a panellist and was speaking at the start of the programme before giving his views on all the weekend GAA action.

Meanwhile, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy looks set to make the Donegal starting line-up for this afternoon’s Allianz National Football League meeting of Donegal and Laois, in O’Donnell Park. (Throw in 2.30 pm)

The Naomh Conaill man, who replaced Stephen Griffin in the closing minutes of last Saturday night’s league opener against Down, is expected to get the nod from Jim McGuinness for this afternoon’s crunch tie.

With Martin McElhinney out injured with an ankle strain, Molloy is expected to get the nod ahead of Conor Classon who started against the Mourne Co.

In the course of that game Classon was replaced by McElhinney, who in turn had to limp out of the action in the closing minutes after going over on his ankle and is ruled out of this afternoon’s tie.

Molloy’s introduction will mean McGuinness and his number two Rory Gallagher will be forced to reshape their formation. The most likely option open to them is to move Rory Kavanagh to midfield to join Neil Gallagher with the Glenties man slotting in at either half-forward or in the full-forward.

With Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden still a number of weeks away from a return and Christy Toye and Eamonn McGee also on the treatment table, McGuinness is not expected to alter the formation much from that which started last week in Newry.

Despite the claims of young Martin O’Reilly and Adrian Hanlon, they may have to be happy with a place on the bench.