Barry Monaghan has opted out of the Donegal panel and is taking a break in a bid to regain his form.
However, both the player and Donegal manager John Joe Doherty are hopeful that the versatile Four Masters man will return and be in the championship panel.
Confirming the decision, John Joe Doherty said that himself and Monaghan had spoken about the matter last Tuesday. And after their discussion they agreed that he should take a break with a view to possibly returning for an assault on the Ulster championship.
"Barry felt he was struggling with form and the best way to regain it was to pull out of the panel until the end of the National League at least and then we would take a look at it again," said the Donegal boss, who went on to say that both himself and Barry felt that he still had something to offer.
"He had a virus earlier in the year and he struggled to regain full fitness after it and his form dipped as a result. "The bottom line is that we will not have Barry for the rest of the National League but by the time the championship panel is being named and everything going well I think Barry might have something to offer."
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