Friday 21 October 2016

Collins expects 'passionate' Davy Fitz to enjoy success with Wexford

Published 10/10/2016 | 02:30

Clare hurler Podge Collins Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Clare hurler Podge Collins Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Podge Collins wasn't the least bit surprised to see Davy Fitzgerald step back into management with Wexford just two weeks after resigning as Clare hurling boss.

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Given his "passion" for the game, dual star Collins felt it was only natural that Fitzgerald would take the reins of another county and the 24-year-old expects him to "have loads of success with them".

Collins believes the 2013 All-Ireland-winning manager owes his county nothing and with Wexford making positive strides at U-21 level in recent years, he sees many parallels between them and the Banner.

"To be honest, Davy has given so much to Clare, and the whole thing, I'd say at the end of this year he was just thinking about it," Collins said.

"He talked to the two captains, talked to the delegates in Clare and stuff like that and I suppose just said the best thing for him was a new challenge. In fairness to him, he owes nothing to Clare. A great Clare man.

"The man is so passionate about hurling, that's all he wants to do. I'm sure he sees it as a new challenge. Wexford are a coming team. I'm sure he'll have loads of success with them. I just wish him all the best.

"There is serious talent in Wexford. They're coming the last few years so I've no doubt they'll be successful. The under-21s have been very successful. It doesn't always translate to senior but they have players who have been performing at senior. It's just a matter of time before that team kicks on."

With the news that Anthony Daly is out of the running for the Clare job, it looks like Collins could be reunited with Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor, who led Clare to three-in-a-row at U-21 level, should he choose the hurlers over a football side, which has made great strides under his father Colm, next year.

"They managed us (at) minor and under-21s. Massive time for them. They're excellent. They give their all for Clare. I'm sure if they do get it they will do a great job," he said.

"I don't know what I'm going to do, to be honest. I don't know which of them. It was full on. I didn't really get back from the cruciate injury fully. First game back was Kilkenny in the League, things were hotting up. I never really got a run at the year."

Irish Independent

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