Not many would have predicted a start like that for new manager Darragh Egan and the Wexford Senior hurling team…
Wexford defeated both Limerick and Clare respectively in their opening games of the Allianz National Hurling League.
Speaking to RTE Sport after today’s clash against Clare, Darragh Egan provided an update on some Wexford players including Lee Chin, Conor Devitt, Kevin Foley, and Shaun Murphy.
“Ten lads trained this morning, including Lee (Chin) and Kevin (Foley). We also had Conor Devitt, and a few more there in Limerick this morning. The lads are very much getting back into it. We’ll hopefully see a few of them filter back into the team over the next few weeks.”
“We’re delighted with the bodies we have, but also looking forward to seeing what Lee, Conor and Kevin can bring to the table,” he said to RTE’s Sunday Sport.
Faythe Harriers club man Lee Chin has not played any game this year for the Wexford Senior hurlers, but despite this, he has been made captain for the year ahead. On the other hand, Devitt and Foley had started most of the games, but neither have seen action since the Walsh Cup Final.
Rapparees club man and Wexford’s new vice-captain Kein Foley hobbled off with a calf injury in the first half of the Walsh Cup final against Dublin.
Another individual who has not been involved with the Wexford Senior hurling panel this year, in terms of game-time, is Shaun Murphy. The Oulart-The Ballagh defender featured prominently under Davy Fitzgerald, both as a sweeper and as a wing-back in recent years.
Egan stated that he will be available to him as the year progresses, but he will be having back surgery soon which could rule him out of action until after the Allianz League.
“Shaun Murphy is struggling a bit with his back but he’s a huge part of our panel. He’s invaluable to us and we’ll be using Shaun. He’s very much willing to stay around as part of the panel.”
“He’s having back surgery, which is extremely important to him. He’s had a child in the last two months and he wants to be able to pick that child out of the cot, which is much more important than any hurling game. But he’ll add a lot to us over what will hopefully be a long campaign.”
Egan did not give any update on the availability of HWH Bunclody’s Aidan Nolan.
Overall though, Wexford fans will be quite happy with the injury update provided by Darragh Egan. With two wins from two in the Allianz Hurling League, it’s a good time to be a Wexford supporter.
A new style is being implemented under a new manager, who is bringing in new talent and all the while some main players are working in the background and will be due back in action soon.
Featured Image: Noel Reddy
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