Thursday 13 December 2018

Further departures on cards as Clare personnel crisis deepens

 

Darach Honan confirmed this week that he will not hurl again because of aggravated hip problems. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE
Darach Honan confirmed this week that he will not hurl again because of aggravated hip problems. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare hurling is facing a number of further potential defections in the wake of a quartet of retirements in recent weeks.

Darach Honan confirmed this week that he will not hurl again because of aggravated hip problems, which followed the departures of Brendan Bugler, 2013 All-Ireland-winning captain Pat Donnellan and Colin Ryan in recent weeks.

The 6'5" Honan scored Clare's final goal in their 2013 All-Ireland final replay win over Cork and was considered one of the county's most promising players until his injury problems began.

He has been told that if he didn't quit the game he could require a hip replacement in a few years' time.

Aaron Cunningham is also set to miss out on the 2017 season as he intends to spend the year in Australia.

Cunningham didn't always make the starting team for championship games in 2017 but scored both Clare goals in their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Tipperary in July.

There is speculation that Colm Galvin may not be part of the squad next year as he may also be travelling in 2017.

Galvin spent some time in the US in 2015, missing Clare's Munster championship campaign before returning for the qualifiers.

Defender Cian Dillon is another who, it is believed, intends on travelling in the early part of 2017 which could see him miss all of a league campaign that starts and finishes much earlier than it has done previously.

Clare are already looking for a new hurling coach following the departure of Donal Óg Cusack earlier this week.

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