Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy feels the county’s youngsters must rise to the challenge if they are to claim silverware success this season.
Declan Bonner’s men clinched Ulster title number nine for their county last season but were halted by Tyrone in the Super 8s for an All-Ireland semi-final spot and Molloy says the group must push on, starting with its younger contingent.
"People say Donegal had a good year last year but at the end of the day I still think we got the soft road through the Ulster Championship," Molloy is quoted saying by Sky Sports.
"We beat Fermanagh handy enough in the Ulster final but if Monaghan were there I don't know how that result would have went for us.
"We had Tyrone in our own back yard and I don't think we performed that day at all it was a good test and we didn't come out off it.”
He continued: "I know we are team-building and there are some very good lads coming but I think it's time these lads were stepping up to the plate, the likes of Jason McGee, young (Michael) Langan and more that won't come to my mind but it's time they started stepping up, they are coming 20 or 21 years of age.
"I don't see much leadership there, that's a worry I have when Michael Murphy is not around. A few more of them older players like Neil McGee are not around, I didn't see any of the young lads stepping up and showing leadership."
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