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Clare's Podge Collins and his brother Sean will line out with the county's footballers in 2015 after deciding not to continue on in their dual roles. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Clare's Podge Collins and his brother Sean will line out with the county's footballers in 2015 after deciding not to continue on in their dual roles. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Clare's Podge Collins and his brother Sean will line out with the county's footballers in 2015 after deciding not to continue on in their dual roles. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Clare football manager Colm Collins has revealed that his sons Pádraic (Podge) and Seán decided to commit to the football next year because Davy Fitzgerald insisted he wouldn't accommodate dual players.

Podge Collins played a pivotal role in Clare's All-Ireland winning hurling campaign in 2013 but has committed to the footballers for 2015 after being told he could not represent his county at both codes.

“The hurling management decided that they weren’t going to have any dual players,” Colm Collins told local Cork radio station LifeFM on Tuesday.

“The players decided they were going to play football and that’s where it is. We’re not happy about it, we were happy to accommodate them in any possible way.

“I've nothing to do with this, absolutely nothing. I was strongly of the view that things could stay going as they were. I suppose it’s good news for us, but it’s not really news that we wanted. Both of them are mad sportsmen and they’d love to play both. As a father, I’d love to see them play both but it’s not to be.

“The decision was made by the senior hurling management, so there were no negotiations. If they’re going to reverse it then that’s their decision too.”

It was obvious at times last season that Fitzgerald was unhappy with the Collins brothers playing both codes.

"I am worried because there’s been a lot taken out of the lads," he said, following Clare's defeat to Cork in the Munster Championship back in June. "There are a few lads that think they can play both codes -you can’t do it.

"I knew something was going to happen today before the game even happened, and if you know that going into a game, sure you’re wasting your time. What are you doing?"

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