"That's the plan - getting into the real world, getting a job somewhere"

January 30, 2018

Donegal's Eoin McHugh and Aidan Breen of Fermanagh.
©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty.

Eoin McHugh has confirmed that he won't be playing for the Donegal footballers in 2018.

The Kilcar clubman is in his last year studying at UUJ and may feature against St Mary's in the Sigerson Cup tomorrow, but he says there simply aren't enough hours in the day to squeze in intercounty football:

"I'm looking forward to, hopefully, getting a degree - that's the plan - getting into the real world, getting a job somewhere," he told The Irish News."I've actually pulled out of Donegal. With Kilcar doing so well, our season went on a long time. To be fair to Declan [Bonner, manager], he gave me ample time to think about it.

"In Donegal, you're so far away from everybody. If you want to work in Dublin you have a three-and-a-half hour drive to get back to training. If you want to be in Belfast, I was still leaving college at maybe four or five and you're still stuck in the middle of traffic for three hours to get home.

"It's a lot of pressure on players, there's a lot of extra things. It's not just the training and gym aspects, there's a side where you might have to sit in a car for six hours just to get to and from training. Then Donegal itself, from Kilcar you're talking an hour driving to training in your own county. People don't understand that; in midland counties that aren't so far away, that have better roads and infrastructure to Dublin and Belfast and these places."

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