BRIAN MCENIFF COLUMN: Search for new talent in Donegal should begin immediately

BRIAN MCENIFF COLUMN: Search for new talent in Donegal should begin immediately

After watching Tyrone beat Monaghan on Sunday it does not make it any easier to forget the disappointment of losing to the Red Hands last weekend.

But at least now we have a fair idea where we stand in the scheme of things though it remains to see how Tyrone get on against Dublin in the final.

After watching the way Dublin dispatched Galway on Saturday evening in the first of the semi-finals, it would be a brave man that would give them a chance.

We have to acknowledge Tyrone are a couple of years ahead of us and we have some ground to make on them both in physical conditioning and strength of the squad.

I happened to be going into MacCumhaill Park before the game on Sunday week as the Tyrone players were getting off the bus. I have to say I was struck by their upper body conditioning.

They are not big men but they are all in prime physical condition and well put together.

The other thing about them, and I mentioned it here last week, is their strength in depth.

That is the reason I would encourage Declan Bonner and his backroom team get out and about and take in as many club games as they can over the next couple of months.

The club leagues are coming to an end and there are a number of crucial games in the league on in the next few weeks.

And then the championship starts in September so there will be ample time for Declan and his mentors to get out and scout for talent.

He should not confine himself to Division One games or games in the senior championship only. They should also take games in the lower divisions and in the Intermediate and Junior championship. He may find a nugget or two down in the lower divisions.

Bundoran played Naomh Columba in the Division Two league on Saturday evening and they had a young lad playing in the forward line Aaron Doherty.

I’ve seen him a few times this season and he is a quality footballer and is definitely one for the future.

Peadar Mogan in St Naul’s is another young lad that has impressed me this season playing for the club. Aaron and Peadar are two and Conor Morrison from St Eunan’s is another young player that has caught my eye any time I’ve seen him play with St Eunan’s.

He is a very tight marker and I know he is in the squad at present but he is one of those players that has to be given a chance next season.

Mark Curran in Dungloe is another player that has caught my eye playing with the county minors and U-20s.

Jason McGee from Cloughaneely has to be brought back in. He is playing great football with the club at the moment.

And there is a young lad in Convoy, Paddy Dolan, I hear a lot of chat about. By all accounts he is a quality player. I believe he is a first cousin of Mayo player Patrick Durcan so it would appear the blood lines are good.

I’m sure there are other players out there in Division Three that are county class, it is just a matter of going out there and finding them.

It looks like the club season is going to be wrapped up fairly early this year so there is no reason Declan cannot run a number of trial games in November and December and take all these players in and give them a chance.

All you need is two or three to come through. I remember when I was manager the last time I ran a number of trials like that and they proved worthwhile.

Michael Boyle, Neil McGee, Neil Gallagher and Ryan Bradley all came out of those trials which you will have to admit was a pretty good return.

I rest my case. The next few months are crucial.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.