All-Ireland winner Kavanagh set to make Donegal return

Rory Kavanagh is tackled by Mayo's Alan Dillon in the 2012 All-Ireland final
Rory Kavanagh is tackled by Mayo's Alan Dillon in the 2012 All-Ireland final

All-Ireland winning midfielder Rory Kavanagh has re-joined the Donegal football panel and will be part of manager Rory Gallagher's 2016 plans.

The St Eunan's man stepped down from inter-county football last January, citing work and family considerations.

It is understood that the 33-year-old has met with Gallagher and is set to join collective squad training.

Kavanagh won three Ulster titles, a 2012 All-Ireland medal and a National League crown under Jim McGuinness.

The Letterkenny man has worn the county colours on 132 occasions, with the last of his 49 championship appearances coming in the 2014 All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry.

The high point of his career so far was winning the Sam Maguire Cup in 2012 thanks to a victory over Mayo, a triumph which came 10 years after he made his Ulster SFc debut.

Gallagher's first year in charge in 2015 yielded an Ulster final appearance against Monaghan, before an All-Ireland quarter-final reverse at the hands of Mayo.

Donegal will open their Football League campaign with a Division One game against Down on Saturday 30 January.

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