Davy Fitzgerald

Newly appointed Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has vowed to get his native county back to the top of the hurling tree after his return home as successor to Ger “Sparrow” McLoughlin.

“There’s a big rebuilding job there, but I’m confident there’s good players in Clare. There’s savage heart in the county and we just have to try to reignite that and try to get back up there,” Fitzgerald told RTE.

“Sparrow, in fairness to him, did a decent job. He’s tried to start a rebuilding process but there’s still a bit more to be done and we hope to carry that on. The talent is there, we’ve just got to harness it properly.

“It’s important to bring Clare back to the top table. I’ve got my own goals that I’m going to keep to myself but one thing I will share is that I’d like to bring them back into the top four or five teams.”

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