Thursday 27 October 2016

Clare must learn to live with expectation - Collins

Published 27/05/2016 | 02:30

Podge Collins Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Podge Collins Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Clare's Podge Collins has called on his team to embrace the favourites' tag they will carry into Sunday's Munster SFC clash with Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds.

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The bookmakers expect the Banner to see off Limerick this weekend after Clare won the Division 3 title while the Treaty were relegated from the same league.

And while Collins acknowledges it's an unusual situation for Clare to find themselves in, he wants he side to get the job done despite what others are saying.

"To wear the favourites' tag, especially on an away day in Munster, is something that we would not be used to," he admitted.

"League form counts for nothing when you go into the championship. It's all about the championship, it's all on the day and if Limerick beat us our year will, all of a sudden, turn into a failure nearly. So we have to focus 100pc for Sunday."

Collins was speaking at the launch of the UTV documentary that tracks his recovery from a career-threatening knee injury that will air next Monday at 8.00.

And he admitted that he found the recovery process which saw him train on his own for long periods very testing.

"It is since you are ten you are training with teams with 20 or 30 lads and you are having the craic and slagging and there is the news from the weekend, the gossip. But you are by yourself, you miss all that and it is an isolated time in your career."

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