Hopes for bet­ter 2019

The Corkman - - SPORT -

the game play­ers like Clancy are tak­ing it all in their stride.

“When you are on the ball in hand you are not count­ing the amount of hand passes, but still you have to be con­scious of it, you have to be smart and see when you are go­ing to use the hand pass and try to use the kick pass to get into good po­si­tions.”

Cork’s win last week­end won’t live long in the mem­ory, but the fresh faces on show are a pos­i­tive for all on and off the field.

“We very much have a new bunch this year so we are all try­ing to get used to each other. It re­ally is all about tak­ing it one game at a time – we are just try­ing to im­prove game on game. We are try­ing to pick out the neg­a­tives and the pos­i­tives and see if we can learn and do bet­ter the next day.

“The new lads that have come in bring a real en­ergy to the group, they are very good and very pos­i­tive and we all feed off that and that helps us all fight for our places.

“We all have to fight for our places now and that is the im­por­tant part for play­ers in­di­vid­u­ally – there is a very good at­ti­tude around the camp and that is great to see.”

Clancy has the small mat­ter of a Mc­Grath Cup Fi­nal to fol­low this week­end with se­nior club and in­ter-county foot­ball bound to take most of the Fer­moy man’s time.

“It is great to be in­volved at a high level with both club and county. I will try to bring back what I can to the club and help the lads for what will be a big step up for the lads this year but we are all look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge, but right now I am fully fo­cussed on Cork and just We train hard, but the hard part is get­ting that out onto the pitch. That was the big is­sue last year and that is our fo­cus

try­ing to take it one game at a time.”

Clancy, is now one of the elder states­men of the Cork panel and is well placed to com­pare the cur­rent mood in the camp to pre­vi­ous camps in the past and on that front the ver­sa­tile wing­back is feel­ing the love.

“There are a lot of new faces this sea­son and there were a good few in last year as well but re­ally we train very hard and ev­ery player that puts on the jersey does their best.

“We train hard but the hard part is get­ting that out onto the pitch. That was the big is­sue last year and that is our fo­cus this year – we need to show the hard work on game day – that is some­thing we haven’t been great at over the last four or five years – we have been pretty poor in the games.

“Af­ter that we need a bit of con­sis­tency, but we are learn­ing, we are try­ing to get the best out of our­selves and are work­ing re­ally hard and keep fo­cussed. Over­all it is very pos­i­tive right now.

“Very pos­i­tive.”

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