Mark McHugh out to make up for the time lost in exile
Mark McHugh is back in the Donegal squad after new manager Rory Gallagher ended the player's mini-exile by recalling him for the upcoming Dr McKenna Cup campaign.
McHugh has not been involved with the reigning Ulster champions since informing then manager Jim McGuinness that he was taking a break following the team's defeat to Monaghan in last April's NFL Division Two.
The versatile Kilcar forward went to the United States for a brief period but, although he returned to these shores in late summer, he didn't feature in any of Donegal's championship matches.
McHugh has now been named in Gallagher's first panel as county manager, with the squad containing 13 inter-county newcomers ahead of their first game in the competition against Derry at Owenbeg on January 4.
Meanwhile, Queen's University Hurling Club have established an invitational pre University Championship/County National League tournament to be played throughout January at the playing fields at Upper Malone (The Dub).
The Conor McGurk Tournament, which is supported by Comhairle Uladh, will feature four teams - Queen's , Down, Derry and Armagh - who will compete in a round-robin league section during the first four weekends in January.
The top two teams will feature in the final on the Arena Pitch at Queen's on Friday, January 23.