OLLIE BAKER has made a swift return to the Clare hurling team - but this time it's as a selector.
The county's powerhouse midfielder for 11 years has been added to the management team by Anthony Daly.
Ironically, Baker's last game for Clare as a player was the 2004 Munster semi-final loss to Waterford when he was taken off by Daly after less than 20 minutes.
Baker's first game was last Sunday when Clare played Tipperary in a challenge. Daly's other selectors are Fr Harry Bohan and Alan Cunningham, while John Glynn is the team trainer.
Baker was recently promoted to the rank of garda sergeant and has been transferred from Ballinasloe to Clonmel. Because of his transfer, he has relinquished a coaching role with the Westmeath hurlers. He had previously lived in Athlone.
"Last year was my first year not to be involved with Clare and it was certainly different. When the opportunity came to get involved, I was delighted to accept," he said.
"The aim is to progress from last year when we lost by a point to Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. We want to get to the final and win it."