Rory Gallagher looking forward to a new beginning for Donegal.

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Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has his full panel in training ahead of the National Football League opener at the start of February against Kerry.

It will be a much changed looking Donegal with eight household names missing from the panel and sixteen under 21 players part of the set up.

Rory confirmed to the media on Tuesday afternoon that 2012 All Ireland winners Rory Kavanagh, Christy Toye and David Walsh were the latest retirements joining Eamon McGee and Colm McFadden in hanging up the inter county boots.

Anthony Thompson, Odhran MacNaillais and Leo McLoone will not be involved in 2017 having opted out for the coming season.

Neil Gallagher struggled with a back injury last year but is training and will be involved later in the year.

Rory Gallagher says he’s is excited about what lays ahead for the group and feels there’s a huge hunger within them to get back to an Ulster Final in the summer while also having a positive league campaign.

Speaking with Oisin Kelly, Rory firstly wished the latest retirees of Kavanagh, Toye and Walsh well and feels the trio still have a lot to offer the club scene in Donegal…