Monday 20 November 2017

Clare footballers can call on dual-star Podge Collins

Podge Collins will be available for Clare's Munster SFC quarter-final next Saturday
Podge Collins will be available for Clare's Munster SFC quarter-final next Saturday

Podge Collins will be available for Clare's Munster SFC quarter-final next Saturday – just eight days before the Banner hurlers play their first championship game of the season against either Cork or Waterford.

Collins has played frequently for the footballers, who are managed by his father Colm, this year and featured in a challenge match against Galway in Cusack Park on Wednesday night when they lost by a point.

The inclusion of the Collins brothers – Sean is also expected to be available for the footballers for their match against Waterford – flies in the face of what hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald understood to be the situation earlier this month, when he suggested that any agreement for dual status was only in place until the end of the league.

Fitzgerald has consistently said that players cannot excel at the top level in both codes. Podge Collins would not discuss his dual status or plans for next weekend at yesterday's launch of the Gaelic Players Association Emotional Health and Well-being campaign, stating he was "not allowed" to make any reference to it.

Meanwhile, Eoin Cadogan, one of Cork's dual players, will be available for the replay against Waterford after recovering from a recent injury. Cadogan was a late addition to the bench last Sunday but wasn't called upon.

On the football front, Kildare have been guided by medical advice and will not ask corner-back Mick O'Grady to use a protective face-mask to hasten his return to action.

The Celbridge defender, who started every league game this season, underwent surgery this week after fracturing a cheekbone in training and is expected to be out of action for about six weeks.

Irish Independent

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