New Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald has said he is hopeful for the county’s future after overseeing his first competive win on Sunday.
The Banner men beat a depleted Waterford IT 3-25 to 0-05 in the Walsh Cup but the Clare boss admitted later that it will take time before his side are ready to compete at the top level.
Speaking to RTÉ, Fitzgerald said: “It was great to play the first competitive game in Sixmilebridge. Any time you win is good.
“Waterford IT were very much under-strength because they are playing Fitzgibbon Cup on Thursday which I totally understand but we were given a team to play and we had to play them. But we still have a lot of work to do.
“You’re looking at being very, very competitive, we’re hoping, in two to three years.
“There are good young lads there, they are very honest and determined. We’d be well down the rankings at the moment.
“That is only being honest. Going on current form for the last two or three years, that is where we are. We have to work our way back up. It is not going to happen overnight.”