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Paul Flanagan's Clare waiting game - 'For him to stick with it as long as he did shows massive resilience'

An All-Ireland-winning Clare U-21 captain almost a decade ago and considered to be a future Banner leader, it has taken him until now to really make his mark on the senior team, emerging as one of the big success stories of Brian Lohan’s stewardship

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Paul Flanagan: Key man in Clare's renaissance under Brian Lohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Paul Flanagan: Key man in Clare's renaissance under Brian Lohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Paul Flanagan: Key man in Clare's renaissance under Brian Lohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Stories like this have really only been attributed to Kilkenny hurlers in the past. It is not a very modern tale.

When Paul Flanagan stepped out for his first championship start for Clare at inter-county level against Laois in a Nowlan Park qualifier during 2020’s second Covid lockdown, he was just two months past his 28th birthday. For context, his former U-21 contemporary Colm Galvin had just one season left in his career by that stage before injury dictated its conclusion.


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