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Lacey may rest during Donegal's League bid

By Declan Bogue

Published 15/09/2015

Donegal's Karl Lacey
Donegal's Karl Lacey

Donegal's Karl Lacey has admitted that his participation next season is dependent on manager Rory Gallagher allowing him to sit out some or all of the National League.

Speaking about his future, Lacey said: "I don't know what his (Gallagher's) plans are.

"If he wants me back in November, December, January time for training, I don't think my body will sustain that for the whole season.

"So hopefully we can come up with something and see what the best structure is to put in place for me. I suppose I want to be peaking around May, June or July rather than during the National League."

Asked if he would prefer to miss the League, he answered: "It might be an option. It's trying to take down the game time, training load and match load a bit.

"I suppose at my age (31) and with the amount of miles I have in my legs, taking that down a bit is probably the best way to go for me. I don't know if Rory is going to be happy with that."

However, Gallagher is known to be sympathetic towards veterans and it would seem certain he will make an allowance for the 2012 Player of the Year.

Lacey believes, meanwhile, that his one-time clubmate Paul Durcan will return from his new residence of Qatar in time to be standing between the posts for Donegal in next year's Championship.

"He mightn't be around for the National League but even if you had him home around April he still has plenty of time," said the Four Masters man.

"I'm sure he will be training over there. There are GAA clubs over there so if he gets involved with them and if he was looking to get back in April, I'm sure Rory wouldn't close the door."

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