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Toye called back into the fold for Donegal

By Martin Breheny

Christy Toye is back in the Donegal panel after being included in the extended training squad by Jim McGuinness.

Toye, who made his championship debut as a teenager back in 2002, missed this entire season due to illness and hasn't featured for the county since their All-Ireland final win against Mayo 12 months ago.

But the St Michael's man has been recalled to McGuinness' squad along with Ciaran Bonner, Antoin McFadden, Thomas McKinley, Conor Classon and Leon Thompson.

However, Ryan Bradley and Ross Wherity won't be part of the panel next year as they have emigrated.

Meanwhile, Dermot Earley made his return to club action over the weekend when he featured as a substitute during Sarsfields' Kildare SFC semi-final win over Naas.

Earley had been dogged with knee trouble for two years but was set to return to action against Dublin in the spring. However, an injury suffered in the warm-up required two further surgeries on his back that left him struggling to walk pain free.

Earlier this year, Earley admitted he was unsure as to whether he'd return to club action but, having featured in challenge games recently, he made an appearance for the last 15 minutes as they ran out 0-19 to 1-10 winners.

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