Clare have been dealt a major blow with the news that sharpshooter Peter Duggan will be unavailable for the 2020 hurling season.
The 2018 All-Star winner has told the Clare Echo that he is travelling to Australia for a year in November in order to gain experience in landscaping.
Duggan completed a degree in Business and Sports Management from LIT earlier this year and previously spoke to Pundit Arena of his desire to start up his own business in the area.
“Long-run I’m going to start up an aul landscaping business in a few years time. I’ll go into the business line of things for a year or two and if I like it I might stay in it.
“But I like working with my hands so I’ll probably start up a landscaping business or something along those lines.”
Duggan told the paper that he had contemplated moving abroad in 2017 and decided that now was the right time for the venture.
“I decided towards the end of this year to do it rather than later. If I do it now and come back I’ll have years left in me hurling, I’ll have it out of my system and I’ll be able to hurl into my thirties but if I leave it off and do it at 29 or 30 by the time I get back it will be too hard to get back into hurling at inter-county standard, my best bet at prolonging my career is by doing it at this age”.
The news will undoubtedly come as a major blow to manager Donal Moloney. Duggan was a National League winner under Davy Fitzgerald 2016 and in 2018 he was the top scorer in the hurling championship with 3-76 to his name.
While Clare were within touching distance of an All-Ireland final that year, the 2019 season brought disappointment as the county failed to make it out of the Munster championship following heavy losses to Tipperary and Limerick.