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Collins: I'll give football a year
20 Oct 2014 18:06
Podge Collins has confirmed that he was given an ultimatum by the Clare hurling management ahead of his decision to commit to the Banner's footballers next year.
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Last month, 2013 All Star Collins and his brother Sean announced that they would play football with Clare next season rather than with Davy Fitzgerald’s hurling panel.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Collins said it was “very disappointing” that he would not be playing hurling for the Banner, but admitted that he had been forced to choose one code or the other.
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“I was given an ultimatum,” Collins said. “I suppose they felt it didn’t work out last year - the hurling management. That’s just the way they felt. I just kind of had to pick between the two.
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“The weeks coming up to making the decision, the way I felt [was]: it was disappointing, no matter what way I was going to go.
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“I just weighed up my options and I just said I’d give the football a go for one year and see how I go.”
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Collins also revealed that he feels, while only a Division Three side, the Clare football set-up is very much moving in the right direction.
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“There’s a good set-up there with the football at the moment,” he said. “We got on all right this year: we lost to Kerry I think by three points in the Munster semi-final; we lost to Kildare by a point; we got promotion – I know it was from Division Four, but at least we’ll be playing Division Three this year.
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“There was a decent year there with the football, so hopefully we’ll build on that now in 2015.”
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