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Paul Durcan setting sights on return to Donegal colours

Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan against Derry during the Ulster Senior Championship semi-final match at Clones on Saturday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

TWO-TIME Allstar goalkeeper Paul Durcan is back in training with Donegal after a three-year absence from the inter-county game.

Durcan was a central part of the Donegal team that won the county’s second All-Ireland title in 2012, winning an Allstar that year and backing it up two years later when they reached the decider again.

He had been in Qatar for the last three years for work but returned back to Ireland before the start of the year.

Durcan had played for Qatar GAA but only in his first year out there, before which he was briefly travelling back to Ireland during his adopted club Ballyboden’s run to the All-Ireland club title.

The 35-year-old hasn’t played any football in the last two years but has been in contact with Declan Bonner since returning home and has rejoined the county setup. He is not part of the panel at present as he builds his fitness but is involved with a view to playing later in the year.

He last played for Donegal in their 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Mayo, and will face competition from Shaun Patton and Mark Anthony McGinley, who have been rotating the number one shirt so far this season.

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