Thursday 21 September 2017

Podge Collins set to resume with Clare hurlers after shift in position by Davy Fitzgerald

Podge Collins in action for Clare hurlers
Podge Collins in action for Clare hurlers
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Podge Collins looks set to resume a dual mandate with Clare in 2016, it has emerged.

The 'Clare Champion' is reporting today that Collins, who is currently recovering from a cruciate ligament injury sustained earlier in the summer, will be included in both the Clare senior hurling and football squads next year.

This represents a change of approach from hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald who opposed the idea of accommodating dual players in 2015.

Collins had played for both the Clare footballers, who are managed by his father Colm, and the hurlers in 2014.

Fitzgerald said in 2013 that his "honest opinion" was that it wasn't possible to do both and after Fitzgerald's decision not to facilitate dual players for 2015, Podge Collins chose to play for his father's team.

It has become a thorny issue in Clare over the last two years but Collins' current rehabilitation will make the process of serving both squads a little easier as he is expected to miss the majority, if not all, of both League campaigns.

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