Michael Murphy is hopeful Paddy McBrearty is not lured by the prospects of a career in Australian Rules Football but he insists no pressure will be put on the 18-year-old to stick with the Donegal footballers.
McBrearty has already taken part in an AFL trial in Dublin and he has been invited to take part in trials in London on Easter week leading to suggestions that he could be winging his way to Australia.
Murphy knows what decision awaits McBrearty as he had the opportunity to move to Australia in 2009 but opted to stay in Ireland and he is adamant that he will be left alone to decide his future.
"Paddy has his own decision to make if the opportunity arises. He has a busy time at the moment between Leaving Cert and competing at Under-21 level, competing for his school and then also for us at senior level," the Donegal captain told the Irish Sun.
"All we can ask of him as a senior team is that he turns up fit and performing, and thankfully he's doing that at the moment.
"Paddy's a mature fella and he'll make his own decision if the opportunity does arise. We’d be hoping in Donegal that he'll be staying. He's going to be a vital part of Donegal this year and for years to come."