Donegal player Karl Lacey feels Donegal have to adapt in order to continue the success they enjoyed under the tenure of Jim McGuinness.
Rory Gallagher is the new Donegal manager and replacing Donegal’s most successful ever manager is an unenviable task for the Fermanagh man.
Lacey feels not a lot will change under the stewardship of Gallagher, and that Donegal will adopt the same philosophy’s and principles that applied under McGuinness.
However, Lacey does feel that when Donegal face opponents who play like they do that they have to have the ability to adapt and change.
Lacey told The Irish News, ” I’m sure it’s not going to change too much and every team nearly seems to be going the same way now anyway.
“But I do think one thing we need to learn is that teams are starting to play like us so we need to know how to play against that as well.
“In other years, teams weren’t playing like us so we could just play our own game. Now we need to be able to play against it as well.
“You saw what happened in the All-Ireland final. Kerry played very similar to us and we weren’t able to deal with it so that’s one big lesson that we need to take out of last year and bring it into this year.”
Lacey concluded, “People will say, ‘why change if you’re doing things well?’ But as I said, other teams are doing things against you now so you have to adapt and it’s up to us to do the video work and see exactly what other teams are doing and to adapt.
Lacey is expected to make his first Donegal appearance of 2015 against Derry in this weekend’s league opener against Derry.