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Clare boss hopes Kilmurry players will answer call

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By Fintan O'Toole

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CLARE football manager Michéal McDermott is hopeful that more members of county senior champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane will be part of his squad for the 2012 season.

Defender Martin McMahon was the only regular representative from the 2010 All-Ireland club finalists in the Banner senior side this year although clubmate Declan Callinan was introduced as a substitute against Down during their All-Ireland qualifier defeat in June. McDermott is optimistic that situation will change next year with players like Enda Coughlan, Darren Hickey and Stephen Moloney examples of those who would come into the frame.

However, the Clare boss intends to defer any plans to recruit more players from the Quilty-based club until after their club championship commitments have concluded as they prepare for a Munster SFC semi-final date on November 20.

"The full focus of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane lads at the moment is the Munster club championship and they deserve to be left alone to concentrate on that," he said.

"Whenever their season does draw to a close, then that will be the time to sit down with them and talk about getting involved with us in Clare.

"For now they need to think about the big games they have coming up. But I would be very hopeful that come the 2012 league and championship, we will have a number of Kilmurry-Ibrickane guys on board with us."

McDermott has also added Limerick native Michael Cahill to his backroom team for the coming season. Following a recommendation from new Waterford senior hurling physical trainer Pat Flanagan, who previously played a key role with the Kerry footballers, McDermott brought Cahill on board to take charge of Clare's strength and conditioning.

Mayo legend Liam McHale will remain part of the Clare setup as a selector with particular emphasis on the coaching of the squad's forwards, and James Foran completes the management setup.

"Michael is originally from Mungret in Limerick but is now based in Tralee where he is working. He would have studied in IT Tralee where he trained under Pat Flanagan and it was through Pat, that Michael was recommended as a guy to bring into our setup. Given Pat's record at intercounty level, that was a serious recommendation.

"We had a trial game last Sunday where Michael made a presentation to the players. We'll be moving into fitness tests then this weekend and then we'll be given them their individual training programmes for the closed months of November and December.

"The lads are very enthusiastic and Michael will bring a great element of professionalism to our setup. I'm delighted that Liam and James are also with us, and Liam is going to be focusing on the coaching of our forwards this year.

"League promotion has to be our aim next year. That will give us a good platform for the Munster championship where it is a huge plus that we've avoided Cork and Kerry, and that we've a bye into the Munster semi-final."

Gael85 (Dublin) - Posts: 1433 - 02/11/2011 15:39:19    1062080

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The best players in Clare should all make themselves available...that is the only way we will ever see a Clare side develope and take steps forward. There are great players in Clare and all that is missing is the attitude and commitment to be the best. You have to start somewhere not just lay down and always accept that the Kerrys and Corks will always win. You have to give it your everything to achieve the best you can be. This starts with the best players regardless of what club they are from and regardless of what managment team we have in place making themselves available to give their all for Clare

IrishRover (Fermanagh) - Posts: 488 - 04/11/2011 10:34:42    1062994

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If they are only half arsed about it leave them off

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 05/11/2011 14:23:04    1063606

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Its not long ago Clare were more then a match for Kerry and Cork in Munster. It would be a great help to teams like Clare if the Tommy Murphy Cup was brought back, at least then they would be playing teams at there own standered and could move on. I never understood why the ''weaker'' teams in football never took to the Tommy Murphy Cup, when you look at hurling with the Christy Ring Cup Westmeath and Carlow are going well now after winning it so why could football teams not do the same?

moomoo (Kerry) - Posts: 4023 - 06/11/2011 21:07:16    1064283

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