Donegal fans around the country will be buoyed to hear the news that star forward, Paddy McBrearty played a full 60 minutes for his club Kilcar yesterday.
The Donegal forward was in tantalising form last season as the Tir Conaill men stormed to an Ulster title win, however, he tore his cruciate in the Ulster Final and subsequently missed his sides Super 8 campaign.
McBrearty lined out at full forward for the 2017 county champions, Kilcar yesterday scoring 0-4 in their win over Michael Murphy’s Glenswilly.
Following the game, manager, Barry Doherty spoke to Highland Radio about McBrearty’s return.
“It’s good to see him back,” said Doherty.
“He gives a great lift to ourselves and he’ll give a great lift to the county when he gets back into it.
“He has a bit of work to do. He’d be a long way off but he’s got plenty of games now over the next few weeks to improve every day.”
It is thought that McBrearty is aiming for a return to Donegal return in time for their Ulster Championship opener against Fermanagh on May, 26th.
Those were the sentiments shared by Stephen McMenamin in the lead up to the county’s Division 2 League Final meeting with Meath two week’s ago.
“Paddy has been back running and back training, I’d say Paddy’s plan is to be back for their championship first round against Fermanagh. Paddy knows himself that if he’s not right, he won’t be risking it.” McMenamin told reporters.
“He will be a massive addition to the Donegal team whenever we get him back.”
McBrearty’s return will be a huge addition to Donegal as they go in search of another Ulster title and possibly more in 2019.