Saturday 22 October 2016

Dual future decision on ice for Podge

Published 02/08/2016 | 02:30

Pádraic Collins of Clare. Photo: Sportsfile
Pádraic Collins of Clare. Photo: Sportsfile

Podge Collins was keeping his cards close to his chest on his future as a dual inter-county player in the wake of Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kerry.

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The Cratloe man agreed it is possible to do both but expressed disappointment with his own performances in his last two outings for the Banner that saw him substituted for the hurlers against Galway and fail to meet his own expectations against Kerry.

"Yeah (playing both can work) but at the moment I feel like it doesn't because I'm very disappointed to be taken off against Galway last week and not playing well there (against Kerry)," Collins said. "But you'll have days like that and you have to move on and look to the next day and look to the club."

Collins insisted the workload was manageable as both teams reached the All-Ireland quarter-final stages of their respective championships and claimed league honours.

"I feel fine but I'm disappointed with the performances but that's sport. Some days they go for you and some days they don't. I'm just looking forward to getting in with the club."

And he insisted there is more to come from the Clare footballers after a season that saw them defy all expectations. "There were some super performances throughout the year from the likes of Gary Brennan, Martin McMahon, Shane Malone, Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy Gordon Kelly - they were super all year," Collins said.

"Kevin Harnett too, lads were outstanding and very consistent in the league and championship and they'll be disappointed but when they reflect back it is a year where we have accomplished a good amount and we'll be hoping to drive on next year.

"People don't remember years like the unsuccessful years. We have to push on to the ultimate goal and it would be great to win Munster and push on in Division 2. We'll see what we can do to improve."

Irish Independent

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