The Allianz League resumes next weekend with Donegal up against Mayo in Ballybofey. After their two opening wins over Down and Cork, Donegal are in a good place.
Those performances against Down and Cork were also very encouraging, especially for the time of year. It has been very obvious that the infusion of fresh blood has given the whole squad a real shot in the arm.
New boys Ciaran Thompson and Eoin McHugh have come in and at this stage they have put up their hands in a big way for starting berths. There is nothing like a couple of new men coming in and competing for places in the team. It can also make the more established players to up their game.
Jack O’Brien, Caolan Ward and Caolan McGonagle are among the others that I like the look of and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the remaining games in the league.
I know we drew with Mayo down in Castlebar without Michael Murphy last year, but we still owe Mayo one after those last two big beatings in the championship.
They are coming to Ballybofey on the back of two defeats and they are currently without Cillian O’Connor, and as far as I know Seamus O’Se is going to miss the game as well.
A win would more or less secure our Division One status, but it could also be the springboard to claiming a place in the knock-out stages.
With our championship game with either Fermanagh or Antrim not until the middle of June, for the first year in a long time, I feel we can give the league a right good rattle.
Qualifying for the latter stages of the league will also give us at least one, if not two good quality games in the lead into the championship. The extra game/games would also be brilliant for the younger lads and the experience they would gain from an extra match should prove valuable down the road.
On form, Donegal should win and I expect them to do so.
I know it's early days, but things are shaping up well for this year and a win on Sunday next would further enhance the view that Donegal are going to be a force again in 2016.
.Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.
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