Donegal's Neil McGee talks of thoughts for exiled Kevin Cassidy
Donegal full-back Neil McGee has admitted that he thinks about exiled Gweedore club-mate Kevin Cassidy "after every game".
Cassidy has missed this year's run to Sunday's All-Ireland Final against Mayo after comments he made in a book upset Donegal boss Jim McGuinness.
Cassidy's candour led to him being dropped from the squad by the manager.
"I always think about him after every game. I've been used to him and he's been there from the start," said McGee.
"But it's out of our hands now and we just have to move on.
"He's still a good friend of ours and it will be the same way after the game (All-Ireland Final)."
Cassidy, like McGee, won an All Star award in 2011 along with a third Donegal player, Karl Lacey.
McGee admits that he has thought about the prospect of himself and his team-mate brother Eamon becoming the first Gweedore men to bring the Sam Maguire Cup to their home parish.
"It would be massive. A dream come true after all the good players that have come out of the parish.
"In 1992, there was no-one from the parish, or anywhere near the parish on the panel."
McGee was six years old when Brian McEniff's side triumphed in the 1992 decider but has "very little memory" of the win.
"We were watching it on a couch. I think we were fighting (Neil and Eamon) halfway through the game," jokes the Gweedore man.
Twenty years on, the McGee brothers will be giving much more concentration to the All-Ireland decider.
Off the field, full-back Neil cuts a laidback figure and it's no surprise that he appears unruffled by all the fuss going on around him in Gweedore and elsewhere in Donegal this week.
"We'll probably go in as favourites but it won't make much difference to us going in as favourites or underdogs.
"We were favourites all year through Ulster and then underdogs going to Croke Park (against Kerry and Cork) so it's nothing we haven't experienced throughout the year.
"There's no point getting too worked up about anything. We know we'll have the work done. It's just a matter of doing it on the day."