Kevin Cassidy has hinted that his Donegal career may not be over after all.
Speaking on TG4’s ‘Seo Spoirt’ review of the year on Sunday night, he was asked by presenter Dara O Cinneide if he would miss being involved with Donegal and his reply was very interesting.
“We’ll see. You never say never, I guess,” said Kevin, an answer which indicates that Cassidy may not yet be finished as a Donegal player.
The Gaoth Dobhair man (pictured right) looked lean and was very positive about Donegal’s chances of building on their 2011 success. “Last year we hadn’t won an Ulster title in 20 years. If you think back to the game against Cork in Dublin (in 2009) we were beaten by 17 points and again by 11 points by Armagh (2010). We said we had to rectify some problems,” said Kevin.
Looking forward to 2012, he said: “If a game is tight and you have forwards like Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy, you have a chance of winning.
“Things have to change a bit this year; teams will be waiting for you and they’ll have certain systems to deal with you,” he said, referring to Donegal’s defensive system in 2011.
But he feels Donegal can progress and says self belief is the key. “To have self belief that you can win against the likes of Kerry, Dublin, Tyrone and Armagh is the key.
“Young players are coming through the ranks. They have played under Jim McGuinness at U-21 level so they know the system and it will come together gradually.
“If we can get a few more forwards, who knows what could happen,” said Cassidy.
Dr. McKenna Cup
Donegal get their first competitive action on Sunday next when they host University of Jordanstown in the Dr. McKenna Cup at Sean MacCumhaill Park (2.00). Like last year, Jim McGuinness is expected to experiment during the competition, giving fringe players a chance to stake a claim.
There will be two further games - away to Cavan in Breffni Park on Sunday week, 15th January and the final game at home to Derry under lights in MacCumhaill Park on Wednesday 18th January.
Donegal players Leo McLoone and Owen Waide will play for UUJ in the Dr. McKenna Cup in Sunday’s opener.
Both are students at the Belfast university and have featured for UUJ right through their Higher level league campaign that has seen them reach the final before losing to Carlow IT.
“I played at both centre half back and midfield and Owen played at wing back in the league. But I’m not sure where I’ll be playing on Sunday against Donegal. Regardless where I play it will be strange facing Donegal in Ballybofey,” said the versatile McLoone who is studying for a masters degree in Sports psychology.
UUJ are managed by former Donegal team mentor Adrian McGuickin and are in preparation for the Sigerson Cup where they play the University of Limerick early next month.
“We’ve a good side and we have done a fair bit of training over the winter and right up until we broke for the holidays at Christmas and I’m looking forward to the McKenna Cup and especially playing in the Sigerson Cup.”
Meanwhile, Donegal who were due to return to training yesterday delayed their return by a day and will now have their first full work-out of the New Year this evening (Tuesday).