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Hurling: DAVY CAN'T FITZ GALWAY JOB INTO HIS SCHEDULE.

Byline: By JOHN FALLON

CLARE keeper Davy Fitzgerald has pulled out of the race for the Galway manager's job because he wants to beat Christy Ring's record of 64 championship appearances.

Fitzgerald, one of six candidates nominated for the Galway position, has played 60 senior hurling championship games with Clare since his debut against Limerick in 1990.

The 35-year-old, who withdrew at Tuesday night's meeting of the Galway hurling board, says he would love to coach an inter-county team in the future but for now wants to concentrate on playing.

"The record is a factor. I am four away from Christy Ring's record and feel I have a good chance of reaching it.

"I have a couple of injury issues which I need to get looked after during the winter, and I am really looking forward to next season.

"I have done a lot of coaching and enjoy that side of things as well.

"I have managed every team in Sixmilebridge from underage to senior and I have coached every Clare team from U-14 to U-21, while still playing for the county senior team.

"It is great that I have been able to combine both, but for now the inter-county thing is something I will have to put on hold until my own playing career is over," he said.

Ger Loughnane remains the firm favourite for the Galway job after 30 of 35 speakers spoke in favour of Loughnane at Tuesday night's meeting.

Matt Murphy and Sean Silke have not withdrawn while Portumna coach Sean Treacy indicated he will withdraw to make way for Loughnane, but that he would stand if there was an election.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2006
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