Clare's rise can be traced to boss Collins, insists Brennan
Clare have made giant strides in recent seasons and skipper Gary Brennan has hailed the impact of Banner boss Colm Collins since taking charge of a Dvision 4 side in late 2013.
With promotion to Division 2 secured for 2017, Clare stand on the brink of a quarter-final place and will fancy their chances of upsetting Roscommon tomorrow after back-to-back wins against Laois and Sligo.
Brennan has watched many managers come and go in his ten years with Clare but he believes Collins' knowledge of players from his underage work, and his success with Cratloe, has been the key in their remarkable rise.
"It's hard to say why we hadn't progressed but what I can say about Colm is that is sole concern is the betterment of Clare football, he's not interested in being made look like a hero himself," he said.
"All he wants is what's best for us and what's best for Clare football. He has come in and he understands Clare and understands the structures in the clubs, he knows a lot of people in Clare.
"And while we had some very good outside managers, Colm probably understands that better than any one of them did. He's worked with a lot of these guys underage and has built up a relationship with them.
"That combination of things. He's a brilliant organiser, he's brilliant at getting people in around him that are effective as well. There's no doubt that he is the main influence behind this and without him, I don't know if we'd be in the same situation."
Meanwhile, Derry boss Damian Barton has named his starting 15 to face Tipperary in this weekend's other Round 4A Qualifier tie as they bid to make it three wins in succession.
DERRY (SF v Tipperary) - T Mallon; G McKinless, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; C McFaul, B Rogers, C Mullan; C McAtamney, N Holly; D Heavron, C Bradley, E Brown; J Kielt, E McGuckin, M Lynch.