Donegal boss Rory Gallagher plans five-day Tenerife training camp

Donegal’s footballers will undertake a five-day training camp in Tenerife next month.

Rory Gallagher’s side open their Allianz League Division 1 campaign away to Down in Newry on Saturday before they welcome Cork to Ballyshannon eight days’ later. There’s a three-week break before Mayo visit Ballybofey at the end of February.

Gallagher said: “We’re heading on a training camp during the break in the league so we want to be going there in good spirits with at least two, and hopefully four, points on board.

“Whatever changes we’re implementing in our style of play we’ll have a couple of competitive games under our belt.

“We have a lot of younger lads too and integration for them was a big part of it. We’ll get a lot of scope to talk about things and also get some time on the training field.”

Training camps were a regular feature of former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness’s tenure between 2011 and 2014.

Last year, the Donegal panel — as reigning Ulster SFC holders and All-Ireland finalists from 2014 — were afforded a team holiday to Dubai but Gallagher said this year a different plan will be taken.

He said: “The dynamic was different last year. We feel that we have more work done this year. We have more fresh blood in and the way it falls with the break, the boys went away on the holiday last year and found the time good.”


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