Collins brothers want dual Clare role

Podge Collins

Clare hurling stars Podge and Seán Collins have admitted they would like to play both codes for Clare in 2014.

The Cratloe duo represented Clare footballers at every level since U14 level and their father Colm has been confirmed as manager on a three-year term.

“If it was possible it is something I’d love to do,” said Sean. “But whether it’s physically possible or not, with work and the level of commitment that will be required from both managements, I don’t know.”

Hurler of the year nominee Podge acknowledged that the possibility of playing football for Clare next year has been mentioned once or twice at home.

“It’s definitely a talking point at the dinner table at the moment. We’ve a few more weeks to think about it. We’ll see how Cratloe go first and take it from there,” he said.

Although they have left their hurleys aside for 2013 at club and county level, the brothers are preparing for Sunday’s county SFC semi-final against Éire Óg. “I’m delighted to get back playing. It’s great to focus on something again, trying to bring Jack Daly to Cratloe. It’s going to be a tough one on Sunday but we’re looking forward to it,” Seán said.

Podge has found playing football somewhat of a release from the pressures of playing in high pressure games in Croke Park.

“You’re playing hurling all year and we hadn’t really got a chance to play the football.

“We love the football as much as the hurling down in Cratloe. It’s almost a new lease of life.

“It’s a completely different game so you’re mad to go. Hopefully we can retain that hunger for the next few games.

“As for the semi-final, we know how good Eire Óg are. We played against them enough under age. It’s going to be a very tough game.”


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