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Brian Lohan with Rory Hayes: “It’s very draining for any of these appeals. Between getting legal advice and the Board Officers putting in a lot of effort, it is a tough process." Photograph by John Kelly

Lohan expresses delight at lifting of suspensions

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Clare manager Brian Lohan has expressed his delight that Peter Duggan and Rory Hayes have been cleared to play in this weekend’s All Ireland SHC quarter finals.

Lohan admits having the in form duo to call upon is a boost for this Saturday’s showdown as he believes his side need the strongest panel possible to overcome Wexford.

“Sure look we are delighted that we are getting the opportunity to pick from a full panel. We are delighted that everyone is available.”

The former All Ireland winning full back admits that the talk surrounding the proposed suspensions and the effort needed to overturn them was tiring.

“It’s very draining for any of these appeals. Between getting legal advice and the Board Officers putting in a lot of effort, it is a tough process. For the guys themselves (Duggan and Hayes) it puts a strain on them. There is a mental toll. Social media is something that we didn’t have to deal with in the past.”

“It is good that we came out the right side. To travel up and down to Dublin and get nothing would have been tough but credit to everyone involved.”

Despite the availability of the duo being a huge boost for this Saturday’s Semple showdown, Lohan stresses his belief that the challenge remains the same; ensure Clare’s year doesn’t end this Saturday.

“It doesn’t really change anything. It’s still a mammoth task. We are still coming up against a Wexford team that are coming in to form. From our perspective we put so much in to the Munster Championship. It was a downer to lose but that’s the way it is.”

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