Monday 18 December 2017

'No bad blood' with Davy Fitzgerald insists Podge Collins

Podge Collins, Clare
Podge Collins, Clare
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Podge Collins has revealed he would love to hurl for Clare again one day and insists there's no bad blood with Davy Fitzgerald.

Having played for the Banner in both football and hurling last year, Collins was forced into a choice when Fitzgerald insisted that his players concentrate on just one code in 2015.

He chose to throw his lot in with the Clare footballers, who are managed by his father Colm, but hasn't ruled out returning to the small ball code down the line.

"I'd be hoping (to hurl for Clare again) but I can't tell, really. But I'd be hoping I do get to go again with it," he said.

"We've met once or twice since and we've just had a chat. There's no bad blood (with Fitzgerald) there, I understand his point of view and I've just got to stick with the football now for the year and see how I get on."

Collins has missed the early part of the year after picking up an infection in a cut on his knee followed by a hamstring injury but is likely to be back in action for the Banner when they face Sligo next weekend.

Tonight he'll travel to Cork to watch his former team-mates take on the Rebels and admits it will be an unusual experience to be on the outside looking in.

"It will be strange watching on from the stands," he said. "I've been playing with those boys since I was 15 so I'll be happy to support them and fingers crossed they'll get a result in Cork which won't be easy.

"Come the Limerick game in championship. . . we're playing Limerick the night before in Limerick, so I'll have that and then the next day - that's when it will hit home I'd say.

"You always want to be on the pitch. If you're injured, you'd be mad to get out there. It's only natural (to miss it) but I'm only 23 so hopefully I'll have a few more years at it."

After failing to make a serious attempt at defending the Liam MacCarthy Cup, Collins believes the hurlers will come back stronger.

"Last year was a flop obviously, from a Clare hurling point of view," he said.

"Really it was a bad year for us but you're going to have years like that.

"Listen, it's sport, it's not always going to work out. There are no fairytales, really.

"But after last year I know there's a massive hunger between the lads and they're just mad hungry to get back into it this year and prove themselves that 2013 wasn't a fluke, hopefully."

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