A LOT has changed since the draw for the 2020 Ulster SFC paired Donegal with Tyrone – but the tie has lost none of its appeal.
The old foes cross swords at Sean MacCumhaill Park on Sunday as they get their Covid-delayed Championship underway.
There are no second chances this year and Donegal start their quest for a third Anglo Celt in a row knowing it’s sink or swim.
“Donegal v Tyrone is always a mouthwatering tie – and that hasn’t changed,” Bonner told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.
Since returning from the lockdown, Donegal defeated Tyrone to maintain their Division 1 status in the League and the Donegal boss hopes to have close to a full-strength squad to pick from this weekend.
The last few months have brought many changes and the county squad has had to adapt like much of the rest of the world.
Bonner said: “It has been difficult and it has been a challenge. We didn’t know when we’d get back. We thought initially that we’d get back in six or eight weeks. We had a lot of meetings over Zoom during the lockdown and that wasn’t easy for players who were used to the dressing room environment.
“It was tough and those three months were difficult, but it was great to get back out again.”
Listen to the full interview below …