Clare boss Ger O’Loughlin has described the loss of last year’s team captain Brian O’Connell who has emigrated to Australia, as a
massive blow ahead of their 2011 campaign.
a squad that is largely made up of young and inexperienced players.
Brian is no longer going to be with us. The circumstances were that Brian had very little work last year and he got an
opportunity to go to Australia for a couple of months in October. He came back in mid-December and we met to have a chat about it.
Unfortunately he had little appetite to stay around, so he decided to head back to a place where he has work."
programme is further evidence of the damage caused by the GAA’s training ban in November and December.
a variety of teams. That’s how they pick up injuries and I’m seeing the hamstring and calf strains incurred by members of our squad,
being picked up by the college lads. It’s not ideal that we won’t have them available before the league but we have to appreciate that the
colleges get priority."
Crusheen defender will recover in time for Clare’s opening NHL Division 2 game against Limerick on February 13.
Newcomers Conor McGrath, Cathal McInerney and Liam Markham are all unavailable for this Sunday’s clash as they are travelling to
Barcelona with their club Cratloe, but O’Loughlin is set to use the IT Tralee game as an opportunity to run the rule over the likes of Danny Morey (Sixmilebridge), Mark Earley (Tubber), and Broadford duo James Gunning and Cathal Chaplin.