Lynch joins Banner back-room team
Recently retired Clare hurler Fergal Lynch will play a new role for the All-Ireland champions in 2014.
Banner manager Davy Fitzgerald has included him in his back-room team for the coming season -- it is believed that Lynch will work specifically as a forwards coach.
Even though Lynch was largely used as an impact sub during Clare's run to All-Ireland glory, he was seen as a strong leader in their youthful dressing-room, something Fitzgerald has acknowledged.
The Clooney-Quinn veteran, a primary school teacher in his home parish, was the only married player on Clare's senior hurling panel last year, although captain Pat Donnellan has recently got engaged.
Lynch is also a talented footballer and was part of the Cratloe team who almost pulled off a huge giant-killing act over Dr Crokes of Killarney in the Munster SFC final before Christmas.
One other significant change to Clare's structures since last year is that Alan Cunningham, father of senior hurling panellist Aaron, has joined the county minor management.
He has been involved with the Banner U-21s before, but most recently worked with the Offaly senior hurlers under Ollie Baker.
Cunningham is highly regarded as a coach and is seen as a big addition to minor manager Eamonn Fennessy's back-room team.
An 80-strong party of Clare seniors, their partners and officials flew out two days ago for a 10-day holiday that will take in Boston, Cancun in Mexico and New York.
The county's first senior hurling game of 2014 is a Waterford Crystal quarter-final on January 19 against either Limerick or IT Tralee.