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McGuinness feels Donegal shaping up well for title glory bid


By Declan Bogue

Sky Sports have announced their line-up for the summer of Championship football and hurling, when they will screen a total of 20 games, with exclusive rights to 14 of them.

The usual pundits will be returning, including Peter Canavan, Jim McGuinness and James Horan for football, and they will be joined on a regular basis by Monaghan's Dick Clerkin in his first year of retirement.

Speaking as part of the launch, 2012 All-Ireland winning manager McGuinness, now with Celtic as a backroom coach, declared himself happy with the development in his native Donegal - who host Antrim on Sunday - heading into the Championship.

"(We have) A nice mixture between some of the experienced lads like Michael (Murphy) who is in great shape and then some of the younger lads coming through who won the Ulster U21 Championship again, which was big," he began.

"There's a lot of pace in the team and, for me, last year we were looking to support from behind all the time and on the back of that we didn't seem to penetrate defences. I spoke about it over the course of the summer.

"I just feel now that there's more intent and purpose when we go forward and people are starting to get ahead of the ball again. That suits our style of play and the players Rory is picking at the minute and the pace in the team, I'd be excited about it."

While he is not ruling Monaghan out of a provincial title, he feels the champions will come from the side of the draw that Donegal and Tyrone are in, with either of last year's finalists eventual winners.

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