Rory Gallagher to give youth a fling in 2017

Donegal manager getting ready for new campaign

Tom Comack


Tom Comack


Jason McGee

Jason McGee one of a number of last season's minors who Rory Gallagher has called into the Donegal senior squad.





Donegal manager Rory Gallagher is going to give youth a fling in 2017 and has called up a number of young players to his squad for the coming season.

Among the fresh faces selected by the Donegal boss, who is gearing up to start a new three year term with an option of a fourth, are Naomh Conaill pair Ethan O’Donnell and Eoghan McGettigan, Aidan McLaughlin (Naomh Padraig, Muff), Enda McCormick (Termon), Jason McGee (Cloughaneely) and Mark Coyle (Burt).

“We have a number of players doing gym work and working on strength and conditioning," Gallagher said.

"I hope to have the panel finalised in time for the start of training at the beginning of next month.

“I think everybody understands from seeing them playing that they are all very good footballers,” Gallagher told the Democrat.

“But it is a massive step up to a senior county team that is operating in Division One at 18 or 19.

“It is a matter of getting them working towards senior football at this stage.”

In a broad ranging interview in this Thursday's Donegal Democrat, Gallagher also revealed how after having discussions with the players, it was decided that the best way forward for him was a four year term as manager.

He also revealed that former Donegal goalkeeper Paul Callaghan had replaced James Gallagher as the goalkeeping coach and he also spoke about the appointment of Tyrone man, Richard Thornton as the new coach/trainer. Thornton, an All-Ireland winner with the Red Hands, has replaced Jack Cooney.

In a week in which it was confirmed that senior players Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn were remaining on for another year, Rory Gallagher also revealed that a number of the senior players were still mulling over their futures.

He said he was going to give them the space and time to consider their positions but he expected to know who was available and who was opting out before the squad starts training at the beginning of next month.