Podge happy for managers to decide

Clare’s Podge Collins says the county’s hurling and football managers will decide which team he lines out for when there is a clash of fixtures.

Collins, having overcome an Achilles injury, impressed when introduced as a second-half sub in Clare’s Division 4 football league win away to Waterford.

The 22-year-old revealed Davy Fitzgerald and football boss Colm Collins, his father, will consult one another regarding his availability.

Both Clare sides are in league action on Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 9.

“The managers will discuss it and keep the pressure off me,” said Collins. “I don’t have to worry about it too much. I can just concentrate on college and playing which is great, as it takes the burden off me.

“Everything is going well so far, it is all going smoothly between the two managers. There have been no problems so far so hopefully that will keep up throughout the year.

“The managers are in contact so the workload isn’t too heavy. I might miss an odd session between the two codes which isn’t good from my perspective, but I will just try and keep it going the best I can for this year.”

Collins kicked 0-1 upon his introduction at Fraher Field as well as instigating Shane McGrath’s goal strike on 48 minutes. Though pleased to have avenged last year’s league defeat to the Déise, Collins is eagerly awaiting a return to competitive hurling action, their date with Kilkenny looming on the horizon.

“We are back into the swing of things with the hurling. Kilkenny are up first and they had a good win over Dublin to win the Walsh Cup. It is going to be a big ask but we are all looking forward to the match.

“The Waterford Crystal Cup has gone well so far. Clare are going to have a tough game in the final, but it will be a great challenge.”


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