Former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has revealed that last weekend was the first time since he was axed from the Donegal panel that he really missed playing for his county.
Cassidy had a very public fall-out with Jim McGuinness in 2011 due to his contributions to the book ‘This Is Our Year’ by Declan Bogue.
Cassidy was removed from the panel, and missed out on Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland victory against Mayo.
However, in his column with Gaelic Life, Cassidy revealed how last week was the first time since he stopped playing for Donegal that he was absolutely desperate to get on the pitch.
Cassidy wrote, “Hand on my heart last Sunday was the first time since my last game for Donegal against the Dubs in 2011 that I actually missed playing.
“Some of you may say that surely I must have missed that feeling during Donegal’s triumphant run in 2012, but the truth is that I didn’t and in fact this feeling only hit me in the last quarter of Sunday’s game.
“During the last 20 minutes of last Sundays final my legs began to move and I began to play every ball in my mind I think I probably shouldered a few people sitting beside me I was that hyped up.
“For me the game was in the melting pot at that stage and it was there for whatever team wanted it most and I soon realised that it was those types of situations I missed above anything else.
Cassidy also lauded the impact of Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has had this year, insisting he’s streets ahead of any other manager and is the best manager by a country mile.