Sunday 21 January 2018

Fitzgerald: I won't block anyone's dual dreams, but it can't be done

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CLARE hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald insists he's "not going to stop" any of his players who want to try and combine county hurling and football in 2014.

The Cratloe side that won the Clare SFC title and came within a whisker of upsetting Kerry's Dr Crokes in last weekend's Munster club SFC final boasted eight of Fitzgerald's All-Ireland winning team.

Clare football manager Colm Collins, whose sons Podge and Sean are part of the hurling set-up, has expressed a desire that a handful of players would play both codes next year, and Fitzgerald insists he is willing to give the experiment a try.

"I'm not going to stop them but my honest opinion is I don't think you can do both," Fitzgerald told Clare FM. "It's very hard to train for both codes flat out. At the same time I'm not going to stop them, I'm not going to drop them from the hurling panel if they want to try and do it.

"I remember ringing Eoin Cadogan from Cork and asking him what he thought and he said 'Not a hope Davy, it's very hard to do both'. I have told all the lads what I think, but I've told them if they want to try it we'll try and make it work. It is very hard, that's my honest opinion.

"But certainly there won't be a blanket decision from the Clare hurling management to stop them playing both."

The Clare hurlers will be presented with their medals at a ceremony in the West County hotel tonight before heading on a 10-day team holiday to Mexico and New York.

Irish Independent

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