'I'd say if Davy put two ducks going down a river and he had one, he’d be going mad'

Podge Collins on the competitive nature of his Clare hurling boss.

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald.
Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald.
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DAVY FITZGERALD’S PASSIONATE personality on RTE TV show ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ is not a show put on for the cameras.

Clare hurler Podge Collins believes it is simply proof of his manager’s competitive nature.

“I’d say if Davy put two ducks going down a river and he had one of them, he’d be going mad. He’s just a competitive character. It’s just the passion he brings, I suppose it shines through that TV show – the camera is right on him. It is evident from that that he just wants to win everything he can.

“Some nights he would be a bit more animated than others. Usually he is relatively calm, he does get his point across to us and stuff.He is a passionate character.”

Collins revealed that Fitzgerald has not spoken about any regrets from his own playing career at not managing to retain an All-Ireland title with Clare. Their focus is trained on the coming season as the Banner get set for their league opener with Kilkenny.

“You have got to realise that 2013 is history and you’ve got to forget about it. It might as well be 1997 or 1995, it’s just another All-Ireland for Clare. You can’t think too much about it and we are just focussing on 2014. You are only as good as your last game and that is what people remember you for.

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“If you are playing Kilkenny on Sunday and you get hammered and that’s the last game you play for Clare, people remember you for that and that’s it. Davy is even more driven than last year. He’s just focused on the league, the Kilkenny game is big for him.”

Clare are set to have a full deck to pick from with the retired Fergal Lynch the only confirmed absentee from last year’s squad.

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