Donegal star Karl Lacey has said that winning the league this year was not a priority and that retaining Division 1 status was the main goal.
The All- Star winner said that whilst they were happy to have made it to the semi-final of the competition this year, championship is the ultimate goal.
Speaking to Highland Radio at the launch of Supervalu’s sponsorship of the All Ireland Championship and ‘Kt for Kid’ initiative, Lacey also said that meeting Dublin in the All-Ireland would be a good thing.
“Obviously we would’ve liked to finish the league on a high but in the end we were beaten by a stronger Dublin side.” Lacey said.
“The league wasn’t our focus. To win the league wasn’t our focus; we wanted to stay in Division 1. We secured that early enough and ever since then the championship has really been our main focus.”
“Dublin will be stronger again [come summer], so it’s about closing that gap that was there in the semi-final. We’ve worked hard over the past four weeks”
“If it gets to a stage where you are playing Dublin in Croke Park, then it means you’re in a good place. It means it’s going to be an All-Ireland quarter final or semi-final, and that’s where we’re aiming to be.
“So please God, we will be facing the Dubs again this year but only time will tell.”
“At the minute we are just focusing on ourselves and trying to get into that championship form and championship shape.”
Donegal open their campaign against Fermanagh in the quarter-final of the Ulster Senior Football Championship.