Dan's the man for Clon again

Jonny Stapleton

Clondalkin have started the new season just as they ended the last -- by breaking a club record.

Dan Fitzpatrick has become the first Clondalkin club captain to take the reigns for consecutive seasons.

The big lock feels he has unfinished Division 2 business and is adamant the Gordon Park side's stock will rise under his tenure this time round as he aims to ensure Clondalkin will be playing in Division 1 next year.

After breaking a host of records last term, including winning a record number of trophies, making history seems a fitting way to start the 2010/11 season.

Being the first man in the club's 33-year history to captain the club for successive years, however, isn't the only record Fitzpatrick plans to smash this season.

"Captaining this great club is a privilege, to be the first man to do it for a second year is a massive honour. We made huge strides on and off the park last year. We had a massive amount to celebrate but not getting promotion rankled with me over the summer so I put myself forward for the captaincy again.

"We are stepping things up a gear this year and aiming for promotion."