Carmody adds to Sparrow woe
Tony Carmody has added his name to the growing list of players to check out of Clare's hurling future, WRITES COLM KEYS.
Carmody, one of the county's longest-serving players, has informed the new Clare management that his days as an inter-county hurler are over.
As Niall Gilligan this week confirmed his retirement from the game and Tony Griffin declined an invitation to return to training on Monday night, Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin has been left without the three most experienced players available to him ahead of the new season.
Carmody has retired before -- during Anthony Daly's time in charge -- but he was coaxed back.
The Limerick-based garda joined the Clare squad at the same time as Griffin in 2000 and brought fresh impetus to an ageing Clare attack.
Also unavailable to Clare for the foreseeable future is Gary O'Connell, younger brother of last year's Clare captain, Brian.