Clare dual star Podge Collins has announced he will will focus solely on inter-county hurling next year.

The 24-year-old said last month that he hadn't made a decision on whether he would play hurling, football or both for the Banner County in 2017.

However he has confirmed to Clare FM that the small-ball game will take priority, having played his part in helping the footballers to the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals in the summer, when they were beaten by Kerry.

Collins’ father Colm manages the county's footballers, but he'll be answering to the new joint-management team of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor next season, after they replaced Davy Fitzgerald in the hot seat.

Collins played under the pair them at underage level, winning a Munster minor title and two All-Ireland Under-21s and has previously backed them to do well.

“They’ll know they players very well," said Collins in October. "You see them at every game so they’ll have a good knowledge of the players in the county."