EOIN McHugh says he is happy to be back in the green and gold of Donegal this season.
The Kilcar man opted to leave the panel in 2018 to focus on completing his studies at Ulster University, while he went onto secure championship glory with Donegal Boston during the summer months.
McHugh concedes that it wasn’t easy watching from afar as Donegal came up short in the big games in the Super 8s, but he’s now back with the county and is eagerly awaiting the season ahead.
“I think the main thing you miss is the craic because when you’re in it, you’re in it,” he told the Donegal News.
“You’re in five or six days a week, and the boys become the only people that you see, even more than your family, and that’s the truth of it.
“I suppose being away in Boston at the time, it was hard watching the games.
“Myself and Michael Carroll sat and watched the Dublin match, and they were so close, and we weren’t there or part of it.
“We also watched the Tyrone match and that was heartbreaking. No matter who goes out on the field, you want Donegal to win at the end of the day.
“I wouldn’t say it was upsetting, but you wanted to be there and to be part of it.
“But at the same time, I’m happy with the decision I made.
“I stepped away and I got my degree, and I had a good year of it, but I’m happy to be back as well.”
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