Cork All-Ireland winning footballer Paudie Kissane has became part of the Clare senior football team backroom team for the 2014 season, The Clare People can exclusively reveal.
The 33-year-old Clyda Rovers clubman only announced his retirement from inter-county football on October 30 last, but has wasted no time dwelling on his playing career, jumping straight back into inter-county scene as a part of Colm Collins’ new backroom team for the coming season.
Kissane made his Cork debut in the 2002 National Football League, but it wasn’t until Conor Counihan stepped up to manage the Rebels that be nailed his place on the starting team, coming back into reckoning after winning an All-Ireland Junior championship in 2007.
Under Counihan’s management he won Munster senior medals in 2009 and 2010, as well as three National Leagues in a row between 2010 and ’12. However, the pinnacle came when he was left half-back on the Rebels’ side that beat Down in the 2010 All-Ireland senior decider, a year in which he also won an All Star.
Kissane, who in recent weeks won an intermediate championship medal with his club Clyda Rovers, will bring considerable expertise to his role as Clare team trainer, as he’s a qualified Athlete Development and Performance Coach.
Collins, who has guided Cratloe to his year’s county football final, was appointed Clare manager two weeks ago in succession to Mick O’Dwyer, with outgoing selector Ger Keane (St Senan’s Kilkee) acting has his assistant.
And, apart from the coup of landing Kissane as a trainer/coach, a former Munster rugby player has also been brought into the management team.
Chris Delooze’s will be the strength and conditioning coach for the season ahead. The Australian, who was contracted with Munster in 2007 and ’08, has many years experience in the personal training sphere, in swimming, rugby and triathlon sports.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on [email protected]

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