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Donegal are as hungry as ever this year and are desperate to bring home another Ulster SF championship crown, says captain Michael Murphy.
Rory Gallagher's men narrowly lost out to Monaghan by 0-11 to 0-10 in the provincial final last year and that has given them added incentive to bring home the Anglo Celt Cup for the ninth time this year, Murphy insists.
Donegal await the winners of Sunday's preliminary round clash between Fermanagh and Antrim in the last eight on June 12th and Murphy says the entire squad is fully focused on regaining the provincial crown.
“People ask me this all the time and, to be quite honest, every year you just want to win. It never changes," he said.
“Whether that is coming off a season as champions or coming in like we are this season. You just want to get back out there and start winning all over again.
“Yes, the worst thing about sport is losing and the hurt you get from it is massive. But I know from the panel of players we have and from training with them night after night, I see a real hunger and desire there.
“They are all good fellas, Donegal lads to the core. They want to do well for their county and each other. When you harness all those simple but key traits, it’s a powerful thing. We’re happy with the way we’re coming through and the way we’re being pushed on.
“No-one is there to make up the numbers and the new additions are driving everyone on. It’s a really competitive environment. That’s a huge part of it too. Everyone is determined to make Rory’s job as difficult as possible.
“When you fall short, believe me, you don’t need anyone else to tell you. As players, you’ll know. I’ve said it before, but knowing you can do something and going out and actually doing it are two very different things. We’re really looking forward to it now.”