Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Frank McGlynn demands more from Donegal

Positive: Frank McGlynn can see signs of improvement
Positive: Frank McGlynn can see signs of improvement

Frank McGlynn is in a better position than most to predict just how Donegal might fare this term following their setbacks last year when their fall from grace was nothing short of seismic.

After all, having chalked up 100 games in his county's colours earlier this month, McGlynn is familiar with every nuance of their tactics, mind-set and ambitions.

A side that reigned supreme as All-Ireland champions in 2012 subsequently spluttered through the Allianz League before plunging through the relegation trap-door. They then surrendered their Ulster title to Monaghan in the most unlikely circumstances before enduring a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

McGlynn was involved in all those soul-destroying reversals, yet this is one of the main reasons why he is strongly focussed on seeing a return to the glories of two years ago.

And he believes that Donegal's journey to redemption will begin in earnest against Laois in an important Division Two clash tomorrow.

"I think the signs are good. We have got off to a reasonable start in the McKenna Cup and this helps to send us into the league in good stead," maintains McGlynn.

"We have some new players who have made a very big impression."

Ryan McHugh, Odhrán MacNiallais and Darach O'Connor are all included in Sunday's line-up following eye-catching performances in the McKenna Cup.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, whose softly, softly approach to the league last year has been cited as one of the main reasons for his team's demotion, is not going to let lightning strike twice, according to McGlynn.

"We've been working hard in terms of our preparations and we like to think that we are in a better place this time round. Having said that Division Two will be very intense," said McGlynn.

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