McDermott doesn’t commit to Monaleen

MICHEAL McDermott hasn’t committed himself to another year with the Monaleen footballers.

MICHEAL McDermott hasn’t committed himself to another year with the Monaleen footballers.

Speaking after Sunday’s heroic Munster championship exit to UCC, McDermott said that his focus was now back with Clare.

Throughout 2011, McDermott worked with Monaleen at the same time as guiding the fortunes of the Clare senior footballers, alongside former Mayo star, Liam McHale.

“I wouldn’t even like to think about it after today,” said McDermott when questioned on his Monaleen future.

“My full focus shifts big time from today to Clare football for 2012,” said the Cavan native on Sunday.

“I have to put all my energies into a McGrath Cup campaign in early January and the national league and most of all the championship next June. My focus will switch immediately and probably even from tonight because I have a number of emails that have to go out to the Clare footballers,”he said.

Indeed McDermott’s Clare will clash with Limerick in round three of the Allianz League on March 4 and could yet meet in the championship.

“There is a possibility that come the championship Limerick and Clare would cross swords but the good thing is that for the last six or seven months I have learned a lot about Limerick football - who knows it might benefit me yet,” he laughed.

Looking back on Monaleen extra time defeat to UCC in the Munster championship, he was left with nothing but praise for the Castletroy men.

“They are a fine football team and there is great ambition,” he said.

“Extra time went both ways but we always seemed to be chasing it and they had the legs on us and maybe the bit of youth from the college side showed.”