Jim McGuinness says that the focus in Donegal is not on the Dr. McKenna Cup but getting his players back to fitness after a long lay off since winning the Sam Maguire last September.
It’s getting serious now because we have very little done,” McGuinness told the The Irish News.
“We weren’t allowed to train before we went away and then we were away for ten days in Dubai. Our training focus has to be with the first team and that is what we’ll be concentrating on. We need to train now as a group rather than fire them into games.”
A young Donegal side were beaten by Fermanagh in the opening round of the McKenna Cup on Wednesday evening and thought they face Monaghan on Sunday, McGuinness said the focus is not on winning but finding another player who can add something to the senior panel.
“We’re looking to find maybe one player who can bring some value to us. This is always a bit of a disjointed time of year, so our focus this year is on our main squad and trying to find a player through the McKenna Cup.”
Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh, Neil Gallagher, David Walsh, Christy Toye and Barry Dunnion are all recovering from injury so are unlikely to feature for the All-Ireland champions until the National League next month at the earliest.