Clare form a 'small worry' for Sparrow
GER O'LOUGHLIN admits that Clare's stuttering league start is "a worry" but reckons it's too early to panic just yet.
The man who immediately preceded Davy Fitzgerald in the Clare hurling hotseat is now hoping to mastermind Kilmallock's quest to become Limerick's first ever All-Ireland club SHC champions.
But 'Sparrow' (pictured) has simultaneously kept tabs on his native Banner and admitted: "The Clare situation at the moment is a small bit of a worry in that we haven't gathered a whole lot of momentum yet.
"It's early days and last year we managed to win a couple of the (league) games and it probably didn't do us any favours later on.
"We are getting the wake-up call earlier this year. I think there is a fantastic group of players there.
"They have everything at their disposal, so I'd be surprised if we don't give it a good rattle and get back to winning ways along the way."
O'Loughlin warned that the league "mightn't be great for us" but he was hoping for a bounce-back at home to Tipperary this Sunday.
"That will definitely show us where we are at," he suggested. "I've seen Tipp a couple of times this year and they look like a team that's priming themselves for the championship more than anything else."