DONEGAL MANAGER RORY Gallagher will be without the services of Leo McLoone in 2017 after the forward decided to make himself unavailable for selection.

The former All-Ireland winner found himself out of favour last season and didn’t start any of Donegal’s Championship fixtures in 2016.

McLoone, a key part of Jim McGuinness’ All-Ireland winning squad in 2012, announced his decision to the Donegal Democrat but didn’t give a reason for opting out of the squad.

The 27-year-old made 12 inter-county appearances last year but most of those were from the bench as he fell down the pecking order under Gallagher.

It is the second time he has made himself unavailable for selection after missing the first half of the 2015 season.

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