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Further setback for Davy Fitz as another player is set to leave his Clare panel

All-star midfielder Colm Galvin will spend the summer in Boston.

Galvin is heading Stateside on a J1 Visa.
Galvin is heading Stateside on a J1 Visa.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

CLARE HURLING HAS been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks and now manager Davy Fitzgerald is set to be without another key player for the Championship campaign.

According to today’s Irish Daily Mail, All-star midfielder Colm Galvin will miss the entire summer as he heads to America where he will link up with the Tipperary club in Boston.

The 22-year-old’s withdrawal from the panel follows Podge Collins’ decision to choose football over hurling as well as the controversial departures of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell from the set-up.

“It’s very disappointing,” Sean Stack, Galvin’s club manager at Clonara, told the newspaper. “It’s a huge decision on his part. If he goes before a certain date in May he can be deemed a local player before other players are brought over for the summer.

“The GAA are paying lip service to the plight of the clubs. The fact that that the GAA can pass a sanction allowing a player to leave and play in America instead proves that.”

Galvin, who joined the senior panel in 2012, has won three All-Ireland U21 titles and helped the Banner county to Liam McCarthy Cup glory two years ago.

Clare, who have lost three of their four Allianz League fixtures, face Kilkenny tomorrow at Nowlan Park.

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