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Colm Collins keeps feet on the ground after Clare's win over Kerry

Updated: Monday, 11 Jan 2016 08:18 | Comments

Colm Collins' Clare will be playing for silverware ahead of their league campaign
Colm Collins' Clare will be playing for silverware ahead of their league campaign

What's rare they say is wonderful. Sunday's win over Kerry in the McGrath Cup was the first time that Clare footballers lowered the Kingdom since that day in 1992 when the Banner won Munster amid jubilant scenes at the Gaelic Grounds.

Yet the current Clare manager Colm Collins was not getting too carried away following the 0-12 to 0-09 success at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I wouldn't be boasting about it. Kerry were trying a lot of players. We were trying a lot of players so you have to put it in its proper context.

"We are working very hard as a panel and we are trying to give everybody a decent opportunity"

"To face facts, we're in early January. The most important date for us is 31 January."

The last day of the month sees Clare open their Division 3 campaign at home to Sligo.

"We want to have a settled team in place for that game," Collins explained.

"We are through to the McGrath final and that gives us another competitive game in advance of the league. We are working very hard as a panel and we are trying to give everybody a decent opportunity. I have a fantastic group of people working with me."

Reflecting further on the win over Kerry, the Clare boss added: "We weren't very happy with the way we played in the first half. But we tidied up a good bit in the second half. David Tubridy, who's getting near full fitness, came on and he got some lovely scores that got us over the line.

"But still we have a lot of work to do."

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