The Wexford Senior Footballers have been dealt another retirement blow…
PJ Banville and Shane Roche have already announced their inter-county retirements, and now Joey Wadding is the latest player to add his name to the list.
Wadding announced his retirement on Twitter in a classy, yet emotional farewell stating that he made himself available for selection this season, but the new management under Paul McLoughlin were no longer interested in his services in the Purple and Gold.
Best of luck 2 d lads 2moro and for the season ahead. I made myself available for selection this year but new management weren’t interested.So unfortunately 2017 was my last year of inter county. It was a privilege playing for Wexford and I’ll always be proud of it #lochgarmanabu
— Joey Wadding (@joeywadding) January 6, 2018
With the introduction of so many new members to the inter-county set-up this year, Wadding’s experience could have been a crucial element as the Wexford Senior footballers place their sights on remaining in Division 3 this year.
His now former Wexford team-mates have paid their respects to Wadding, who was a rock in defence during the heights of his career:
— Brian Malone™ (@brianmalone3) January 6, 2018
Best of luck Joey, a soldier if there ever was one, def could have done with your experience and heart this year, especially with so many young players, they could have learned so much off a player like you. Enjoy the extra time. #Warrior https://t.co/PLlEfjmOxT
— Adrian Flynn™ (@Panthero84) January 6, 2018
It’s a sad way for the St Fintans man to bow out of the inter-county set-up, but nobody would begrudge Wadding a happy retirement from the Purple and Gold after more than ten-years of terrific service to the cause of Wexford football.
Thanks for the service, Joey!
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