Karl Lacey is putting his professional career on hold for the next few months as he aims to dedicate himself entirely to Donegal’s championship campaign.
Lacey is a former employee of Ulster Bank but quit his job to undertake a Masters Degree in Sports Science at the University of Limerick.
Lacey has finally completed the gruelling course but is holding off on embarking on a job hunt until the end of the season with Donegal.
Lacey wants to dedicate himself entirely to the Donegal set-up and live the lifestyle of a full-time professional athlete for the next few months.
Lacey told The Irish Sun, “I just want to concentrate on where I’m at with my football, just get the summer over.
“Th summer season is hectic. I’m doing a bit of work with Sky Sports – I’m on their Living for Sport programme, so I’m enjoying that at the moment.
“Unfortunately that doesn’t run through the summer, because schools finish in May.
“I just want to enjoy my football over the next few months and live that lifestyle of a professional athlete.
Lacey admits it isn’t financially feasible long-term but is intrigued to find out what it’s like to live the life of a full-time professional athlete.
Lacey added, “Financially you can’t do it for the rest of your career, but I’m going to do it now for the next few months, get this year over me and hopefully then pick up a bit of work after that.
“I’m keeping my eye on jobs as well. There’s nothing up around home at the moment.
“If there’s a job in Dublin I’m not going to apply for it, because I just want to be at home now for the summer. Unless it’s on my doorstep O won’t be doing it.
Donegal go into Ulster Championship battle with fierce rivals Tyrone in just 18 days time.
Lacey is one of Donegal’s greatest ever players having amassed THREE Ulster medals and an All-Ireland medal during a superb career.
Lacey was also named the 2012 Football of the Year and has also won FOUR All-Stars.
The news Lacey is focusing entirely on Donegal will only be a good thing for Rory Gallagher sides and Donegal supporters hoping for another long summer.