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James Crombie Collins has suggested he will play for the Clare footballers on Saturday week.
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Podge Collins available for Clare footballers, while Eoin Cadogan returns for Cork hurlers
Podge Collins and Eoin Cadogan make themselves available for their respective teams.

CLARE DUAL-STAR Podge Collins will line out for the Clare footballers next weekend, little over a week before the county’s Munster hurling championship opener.

Clare face Waterford next Saturday week in the provincial quarter final, while eight days later they play the winner of Cork and Waterford in the hurling semi-final.

Collins’ father manages the Clare football panel, for whom Podge and his brother Sean have played for throughout their league campaign.

Colm Collins Ryan Byrne / INPHO Clare football manager Colm Collins. Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

Podge played all three of the county’s opening league games as they sought promotion from division 4, although his appearances have reduced since then and he missed the league final loss to Tipperary due to a hurling training camp.

Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald had earlier this month suggested that any agreement for dual stars within the county was only in place for the league campaign. But Podge, a hurling All-Star last year, featured in a football challenge match last Wednesday night against Galway in Cusack Park. Clare lost by a point.

Padraic Collins Cathal Noonan / INPHO Padraic 'Podge' Collins during this year's hurling league. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Speaking at the GPA’s ‘We Wear More’ launch, Collins said that he was ‘not allowed’ answer questions on his dual status.

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One man who will hoping the extra game slows down the Clare attacker is Cork hurler Eoin Cadogan. The defender has revealed that he will be fit and available to line out against Waterford next weekend – with the winner meeting Collins’ Clare.

Eoin Cadogan Donall Farmer / INPHO Eoin Cadogan knows all about the demands of being a dual-star. Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Cadogan was an unused late call-up to the bench during last Sunday’s drawn game although he did not feature.

His brother Alan made his debut at corner forward, scoring four points from play.

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