Friday 19 January 2018

Donal Óg Cusack quits The Sunday Game and GPA to join the Clare hurlers in 2016

Donal Óg Cusack
Donal Óg Cusack
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Donal Óg Cusack has left his positions with RTE and the Gaelic Players Association to become a coach and a selector with Davy Fitzgerald's Clare team in 2016.

The former Cork netminder has also ended his club career with Cloyne to embark on his new project.

The three-time All-Ireland winner has praised the approach adopted by the Banner men despite disappointing in the championship since their All-Ireland triumph in 2013.

Announcing Cusack's appointment, Fitzgerald said in a statement: "I am delighted to welcome Donal Óg, Aonghus (O'Brien, coach) and Jimmy (Payne, strength and conditioning) to the setup. Their collective experience and expertise will further strengthen the already high quality backroom team in place.

"Over the next few weeks, there may be one or two additions announced to the backroom team and the panel. It is my intention to finalise the provisional panel at the end of January ahead of the commencement of the Allianz National Hurling League."

Cusack confirmed: "I am looking forward to the challenge and want to thank Davy Fitzgerald for the opportunity. Ahead of assuming my coaching position in Clare, I have met with RTE and following mutual agreement I have been released from my contract. I would like to sincerely thank RTE for the experience they have given me.

"I will be seeing out my term as chairperson of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), which will come to an end this year. I have also spoken with my local club, Cloyne to confirm my decision to retire from club hurling. I would like to thank the club for the support it has shown me throughout my career."

As reported last week, Podge Collins has also returned to the panel for next season.

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