Pat Vaughan has been named as the new Clare Senior hurling captain for the 2011 season.
Crusheen clubman Vaughan, who starred in his side's historic first-ever Clare Senior Hurling Championship success last October, takes over from Brian O’Connell and is expected to skipper the Banner for the first time in a challenge game against Wexford next weekend.
John Conlon, last year’s U21 captain, has been named as vice-captain.
Vaughan will lead his county for the first time in competitive action in the Waterford Crystal Cup against IT Tralee on January 14.
Meanwhile, Clare boss Ger O’Loughlin will be without up to 14 players – who are on duty with their colleges – for the season-opening competition, while a number of senior squad members are also unavailable.
Jonathon Clancy and 2010 skipper O’Connell are both out of the country, while Alan Markham and Michael Scanlon are among the players in last year’s squad who will not be involved this year.