Out with the old

WATCH: Donegal's defensive football is a thing of the past as the new guard step up

Rory Gallagher has overcome losing nine experienced players since last year, and this young Donegal team looks threatening. / YouTube

IT’S FIVE YEARS this year since Donegal brought Sam Maguire to The Hills under the stewardship of Jim McGuinness.

The defensive system he stuck by, although criticised by some, brought the Tír Chonaill men to All-Ireland glory in 2012, and back to the final in 2014.

Since then, his successor Rory Gallagher hasn’t been able to reach the same heights, making it as far as the quarter-finals before getting knocked out last year.

Drastic changes have happened in the northwest of the country since that August defeat to Dublin, however.

Many of the soldiers of 2012 are gone, and the defense-heavy style of play appears to have left with them.

Can Rory Gallagher steer this youthful side to silverware this year?

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