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Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Sean Wade launching the 2019 Kellogg’s Cúl Camps campaign at Croke Park yesterday

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Sean Wade launching the 2019 Kellogg’s Cúl Camps campaign at Croke Park yesterday

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Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Sean Wade launching the 2019 Kellogg’s Cúl Camps campaign at Croke Park yesterday

Michael Murphy feels Donegal are now playing in the style most suited to playing Dublin should the counties meet this summer, although he also stressed that his team's tactical transformation was "only a start".

While acknowledging "we're not going home tonight thinking about Dublin", the joint Donegal captain reckons "it was important for us to make that transition," into a more attacking-orientated side under Declan Bonner.

In this, the emergence of young attacking talents like Oisín Gallen, Jamie Brennan, Daoire Ó Baoill and Niall O'Donnell has made the process smoother, particularly with Paddy McBrearty's return to playing last week after cruciate ligament surgery.

"We believe that if we can win the games, get the belief and the confidence to come here (Croke Park) playing the game we want to play that we do feel that's the best way to play against Dublin, without a doubt," Murphy said.

"I think it was important for us to make that transition.

"Because if you are to be successful and to win the ultimate, we needed to change up the way we were trying to play games.

"I think that's a start," he added, "but it's only a start."

Murphy added that the failed Donegal motion to Congress which would, had it passed, have prohibited Dublin from playing a home match in the All-Ireland quarter-final group stage in Croke Park was simply an attempt to achieve "neutrality".

"Listen, all you're looking for is neutrality, all you're looking for is evenness and a level playing field," he commented,

"Does that create it? Obviously, Dublin, with the huge following they have, have to play in Croke Park.

"It's six of one, half a dozen of the other.

"Dublin beat us fair and square (last year). They would have probably beat us fair and square in Parnell Park had it been the same thing."

Murphy was also adamant that McBrearty, who made his comeback last weekend against Murphy's Glenswilly, would return to peak form despite the severity of his injury and the length of his time out of the game.

"There's no man more driven to get back to where he was at," Murphy noted.

"Knowing how driven he is, how big a competitor he is and how big football is in his life, he'll be back to himself."