Davy Fitzgerald insists he won’t stand in the way of Clare hurlers who also want to play football for the county.

However, the All-Ireland winning Banner boss expressed doubts as to the practicality of players fully committing to both codes.

Eight of the Cratloe side who were narrowly beaten by Dr Crokes in last Sunday’s Munster club football final lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September, including Podge Collins, Conor McGrath and Brendan Bugler.

Collins’ father Colm, the new Clare football manager, had expressed the hope that some players might play both codes, and Davy Fitz has given the proposal his cautious blessing.

"I'm not going to stop them but my honest opinion is I don't think you can do both," he 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 (who has played both football and hurling in recent years) 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."