By Michael McMullan
DONEGAL ace Patrick McBrearty is happy to be back in club football action as he continues his return to full fitness from injury that curtailed his county season.
McBrearty scored 1-7 in Kilcar’s win over St Michael’s in front of the watching recently reappointed Donegal manager Jim McGuinness on Sunday.
After wins over St Michael’s and Cloughaneely, Kilcar will welcome St Naul’s on Saturday (4.30pm) in round three as they aim to add to their six county titles.
“I’m fresh. I didn’t play much football all year. I’m just happy as long as I can stay injury free,” McBrearty told the Donegal News after Sunday’s win.
“I only played five games before the club season started and that’s not a lot of games. I’m happy to be back playing with the lads and there’s a good buzz with the lads.”
“We are learning more from each game. We learned plenty from the Cloughaneely game and we learned a lot from the St Michael’s match,” added McBrearty, with the focus switching to the training field this week after this weekend’s game.
Elsewhere, Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s battled out a 0-9 all draw. St Eunan’s are at home to Ardara this weekend with Naomh Conaill making the trip to Milford.
Ballyshannon and Glenswilly joined Kilcar at the top of the table after winning both their opening games.
Aodh Ruadh are away to Killlybegs this weekend with Glenswilly welcoming last year’s intermediate champions Dungloe.
McBrearty also commented on the return of McGuinness as senior manager, the man who handed him his senior debut while still a minor player ahead of the 2012 All-Ireland winning seasons
“It can only be a good thing…it’s been a very, very positive week for Donegal,” he said of McGuinness stepping into vacancy after Aidan O’Rourke stepped down as interim manager.
Now it’s up to the players across the county to put themselves in the shop window in the coming weeks as the club championships heat up.
“Everyone is on trial at the minute,” McBrearty added. “I’m sure everyone in the county will be out to impress. It’s a big year for the county coming up.”