Clare football hoping to make use of 'parentage rule'
CLARE football manager Micheal McDermott is keeping his fingers crossed that the Banner will get the green light next weekend to use the 'parentage rule', which allows weaker counties to recruit players from elsewhere.
"We've played Division 4 for the last number of years, have lost more players now due to emigration and really need every help we can get," he said.
McDermott has already found three forwards -- Niall Browne and Adrian Cahill in Kildare and David O'Connor in Dublin -- whose parents are from Clare and who are willing to throw their inter-county lot in with the Banner.
But Clare are not currently included among the 'weaker' counties which can use the parentage rule to strengthen their panels and need the management committee -- who meet this weekend -- to add them to the list.
McDermott lost two of his starting defenders from last year's championship -- Brian Carrig and Declan Callinan -- to emigration this year and their problems don't end there.
"There were five or six other fellas who did well in the club championships last summer that I was really hopeful of bringing into the panel, but they have all emigrated since too, so we've lost a lot more than it looked initially," he said.
McDermott said the inclusion of this new 'outside' blood would be a particular boost because all three have always had an interest in Clare football through their parentage and have already expressed a strong interest in lining out for the blue and gold.
But even if they do get the thumbs up next weekend, they would not be free to line out in Clare's next McGrath Cup game because their inter-county transfers would have to be completed first.
Clare beat UCC by 1-13 to 0-13 last weekend to line up a clash with Cork IT next weekend and are hopeful of having corner-forward star David Tubridy back for that game after his recovery from a groin injury.