Listen: Johnny Dunleavy on the long road back from injury

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Johnny Dunleavy has one simple personal aim for 2018 – to get through the season without injury.

Dunleavy is currently recovering from a cruciate injury sustained while playing for Cork City against Limerick in June.

The Cork captain missed the Leesiders’ League and Cup double win in 2017, but the Ballybofey man is targeting an uninterrupted 2018.

“I’d love to get through a full season unscathed,” said Dunleavy, who missed large swathes of 2015 and suffered a career-threatening micro fracture last year.

“Fingers crossed I’ll have a bit more luck next season.

“The injury the year before and the likelihood was that I wasn’t going to play again. I was probably playing the best football of my life at the time and it took me a while to get over that.

“My mindset now is that I just have to get through it and I’ll come back stronger. I just have to listen to the people who are there to help me and get a goal in my head.”

Ramelton’s Barry McNamee is one of the new faces at Turners Cross for next year and Dunleavy believes John Caulfield’s men have what it takes to retain their crowns.

He said: “The dynamic will change now because we’ve won the League. We’ve been hunting and now we’ll be the hunted.

“The squad is there to do it. John has recruited well. There’ll be no resting on our laurels down there.”

Listen to the full interview below …

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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