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McHugh Wants To See Young Finn Harps Player Get Donegal Shot

McHugh Wants To See Young Finn Harps Player Get Donegal Shot
By PJ Browne
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Martin McHugh would love to see Joel Bradley-Walsh play for the Donegal senior footballers.

Bradley-Walsh is currently on the books with Finn Harps. He joined the League of Ireland club's academy in 2018, and signed with the senior team last year. The centre-back spent four months on loan at NIFL Championship side Institute late last year.

Bradley-Walsh has also been one of the stars for Letterkenny IT in their run to the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals. Playing at full-forward, he scored four points for LYIT on Tuesday - including the game winner from a mark - as his side upset UCD 0-7 to 0-6. A week previous, he scored 3-2 for LYIT as they lost to UL. In December, he was part of the MacCumhaills side which reached the Donegal U21 final.

26 January 2022; The Allianz Football League was officially launched on Wednesday. This is the 30th season that Allianz has sponsored the Allianz Leagues, making it one of the longest sponsorships in Irish sport. Pictured at the launch at Kilcar GAA Club is former Donegal footballer Martin McHugh who played in the first year of the Allianz sponsorship. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

'Definitely a player Donegal could be doing with'

"I've heard a lot about him," said 1992 Donegal All-Ireland winner McHugh at the launch of the Allianz Football Leagues on Wednesday.


"He played soccer and everything else. He's definitely going to be coming on the radar now because he's a fabulous talent. You can see how talented he is.


"I would hope that he would continue to play Gaelic. He played for MacCumhaills this year, and they got to the quarter-final of the senior championship, and the U21 final - he was impressive in both.

"He's definitely a player that we could be doing with. I would like to see him get a chance at inter-county level.

"There's a lot of soccer in Donegal. The soccer people would tell you that Finn Harps would have a fabulous team if there was no Gaelic in Donegal, and the Gaelic people would tell you if there was no soccer in Donegal, we would have a fabulous Gaelic team."


Following Tuesday's win against UCD, Bradley-Walsh told Donegal Live that after "a couple of years" not playing Gaelic football, "I have a wee feel back for it again and I’m loving it."

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