The Donegal Senior Football Team have been dealt a blow ahead of the new season getting underway shortly with confirmation that 2012 All-Ireland winner Leo McLoone has made himself unavailable for selection for 2017.
McLoone was a vital component of Jim McGuinness’ Championship side from four years ago, but has yet to enjoy th same success under the current Donegal supermo Rory Gallagher.
He started none of Donegal’s Championship games this year.
The Naomh Conaill clubman confirmed the news to local media in Donegal that he has opted out of Rory Gallagher’s squad for next season.
He went on to add that “he did not wish to comment further on his decision at this point”. He offered no reason for his departure from the team.
Donegal will operate out of Division One of the Allianz Football league once again in 2017 an will play three teams from the Shannonside Northernsound region in Cavan, Monaghan and Roscommon.
McLoone made 12 appearances for Donegal in 2016. Of these games he started seven; three in the Dr McKenna Cup and four in the Allianz Football League.
This is his second time he has decided to opt out of the squad. He missed the first half of the 2015 season because of this and only joined Gallagher’s squad for the first time ahead of that summer’s Ulster final meeting with Monaghan.