Fitzgerald adds Kinnerk to banner backroom
Clare hurling has been given another significant lift with the return of Paul Kinnerk to the senior coaching team.
Kinnerk, a key architect of the 2013 All-Ireland win, left after 2014 and his absence was felt.
He had indicated that he would be stepping away for just one season but when manager Davy Fitzgerald unveiled a new coaching team that included former Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack, Kinnerk was not involved.
Kinnerk's work with the Limerick underage academies will not be affected by his return.
"I initially spoke with Paul during last summer, and then several times throughout the winter about getting him involved for the 2016 season, but due to personal commitments he was unable to consider the invitation until very recently," revealed Fitzgerald.
The return of Kinnerk and Podge Collins is sure to bring greater unity to Clare in the season ahead.
Kinnerk joins a coaching staff that already includes Cusack, Aengus O'Brien and Seoirse Bulfin. Fitzgerald and selectors Louis Mulqueen and Michael Browne will also be involved in preparations.