Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Cassidy drops strong hint of Donegal comeback

Axed Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has hinted that his inter- county career may not yet be over.

His comments came as former Donegal boss Brian McEniff yesterday called for “Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy to settle their differences.”

Asked if he would now miss being involved with Donegal, Cassidy’s reply was very interesting: "We'll see. You never say never, I guess," which seems to indicate that his Donegal career may not yet be over.

When further clarification on the matter was asked for, Cassidy said only: “Enough has been said and written.”

The All Star added, however, that he was very positive about Donegal's chances of building on last year's Ulster success.

“If you think back to the Cork game in 2009, we were beaten by 17 points and again by 11 points by Armagh in 2010 and we said we had to rectify some problems,” he said.

“This year, if a game is tight and you have players like Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden up front, you have a chance of winning.

“Teams will be waiting for us this year so things have to change a bit, but to have self-belief that you can win against the likes of Kerry, Dublin, Tyrone and Armagh is the key.

“Young players are coming through the ranks under Jim McGuinness at under-21 level so they know our system, but if we get a few more good forwards, who knows what will happen.”

Meanwhile, McEniff said his New Year's wish would be that “Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy would settle their differences early in the year and to see Kevin back playing with the county again.

“I know both men well and it would be my fervent wish to see Kevin back in the green and gold,” said the former county manager.

County chairman PJ McGowan appeared to echo those sentiments when he told the recent county convention that the passage of time "can remedy many disagreements."

McGowan also hit out at what he termed outside forces who were trying to create division in the GAA in Donegal.

He said it was regrettable that Donegal had become the focus of national media attention over “internal matters.”

However, McGuinness seems to have already made up his mind.

He told the Ulster GAA Writers Annual Awards Dinner that “the matter had been dealt with.”

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