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Fresh injection of talent is impressing Donegal skipper Michael Murphy

By John Campbell

Donegal skipper Michael Murphy feels that manager Rory Gallagher's decision to inject new talent into the line-up has brought "added freshness" to the side.

Gallagher's men will spend a week in Tenerife focusing even more strongly on their bid for success in the Allianz League following the game against Cork this weekend and Murphy is convinced that the newcomers are helping to bring an additional dimension to training and match preparation.

The manager's decision to plump with a new-look half-forward line comprising Michael Carroll, Ciaran Thompson and Eoin McHugh in the opening league win over Down last week-end provided further evidence of the strength in depth he currently has at his disposal.

Murphy said: "Several of the new players have come through our minor and Under-21 set-ups that have progressed to the latter stages of their provincial and All-Ireland series so they have acquired experience of winning.

"They are really good lads and have helped re-energise the squad. They have brought added freshness and they are keeping the pressure on us older boys.

"We are still at an early stage but it's good to see people coming in and pushing the rest of us on. While the league is important, the Championship will be our main focus."

And Murphy is delighted that veteran Rory Kavanagh has returned to top-flight action after a change of heart following his decision to retire last year.

"Rory is a phenomenal player and a great person. It's great to see him back. He is an inspiration for the younger players. We are fortunate to have him back among us again," said Murphy.

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