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Colm Parkinson accuses Davy Fitzgerald of double standards following Colm Galvin return

Published 23/06/2015 | 13:50

Disappointed: Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald
Disappointed: Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald

The decision of Davy Fitzgerald to welcome Colm Galvin back into the Clare squad has been widely welcomed but some have viewed the manager's stance as hypocritical.

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Galvin, an All Star from the 2013 All-Ireland winning team, returned from Boston this morning after two months in the States and Davy Fitzgerald released a statement to say that he would return to training with the Clare panel immediately.

"Ahead of his departure to the US, the management team assured Colm that the door would remain open for his return to the squad should he decide to come home over the course of the summer. During the past couple of weeks Colm expressed his desire to return and through regular communication with his father Kevin, we were only too delighted to invite him to rejoin the squad," said Fitzgerald.

"Colm is an exceptionally talented hurler and had been a key figure in the Clare side up to his departure following the National League in April. He will resume training with the rest of the panel this week. Pending match fitness, I expect that Colm will be part of the match day panel in next week's Qualifier tie. In the meantime, the management and players are delighted to welcome him back into the fold," he added.

He is now in the reckoning for the Banner's round one qualifier with Offaly in Ennis on July 4.

Former Laois footballer and Off The Ball presenter has pointed out the contrast between Fitzgerald's treatment of Galvin with the way he dealt with the situation surrounding exiled duo Davy O'Halloran and Nicky O'Connell.

Clare's build-up to the Championship was marred by controversy in March after Nicky O'Connell and Davy O'Halloran left the panel over what they believed to be excessive disciplinary action.

O'Connell later apologised and returned to the hurling squad but O'Halloran threw his lot in with the county footballers.


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