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*Peter Duggan. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Clooney/Quin’s championship preparations have received a major boost with All Star, Peter Duggan set to return to their ranks.

Duggan has been living in Australia since November 2019 and most recently has been in Perth. The 2013 All-Ireland medallist had intended to stay abroad for one year and emigrated after Donal Moloney withdrew from the race to become Clare senior hurling manager when Gerry O’Connor was unable to continue as joint manager.

The Clare Echo has learned that Duggan is heading home and is set to be available for his club for the 2021 senior championship. His return will also pique the interest of Brian Lohan who is currently considering whether or not to extend his tenure as Clare manager.

A three-time All-Ireland U21 medallist, the Spancihill native has been a major loss to the Clare and Clooney/Quin attacks during the last two seasons.

Prior to heading Down Under, Peter was named as an All Star in 2018 and was the key man for his club as they contested the 2017 Clare SHC final with Sixmilebridge, losing the decider following a replay.

Clarecastle native, Fergie O’Loughlin returned as Clooney/Quin coach earlier this year having previously been in the role in 2017. Both Noel Harrison and Mike Duggan from last year’s management also remain involved with Quin native Victor O’Riordan as the strength and conditioning coach.

They begin their championship campaign against recently crowned Clare Cup champions, Feakle.

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