By Páraic McMahon

2018 All Star Peter Duggan is leaving Ireland for Australia in November and will miss out on his county's involvement in next year’s league and championship.

The Clooney/Quin forward said the trip will assist him in gaining experience ahead of launching his own landscaping business upon his return to Ireland.

Gerry O’Connor stepped down as joint manager of the Clare hurlers earlier this month with outgoing manager Donal Moloney keen to stay on.

Clare GAA have said they hope to provide club delegates with information on their hurling management teams at their October meeting.

Duggan has informed Moloney of his plans.

"I’ve met up with Donal and we’re going to still be in contact," said Duggan.

"Donal has been fantastic, he said the door is always open. 

"I don’t even know what way things will go, you know yourself when people have went travelling but it hasn’t ended up being the way they thought it would be. 

"So who knows that might happen with me and I could end up coming home. Donal has been brilliant and he will always support me in whatever decision I make."

Moloney has not closed the door on the 2013 All-Ireland winner playing a part next year.

Duggan himself admitted there is a possibility he may not settle in Australia.

"I might end up going over and you just don’t know I might not like it straight away and end up coming home. My initial plan would be to go over for the year."

Further departures are not expected from the county panel as the Banner look for an improved campaign next year following on from their failure to emerge from Munster in 2019.