Wexford hurling fans were a little bit shocked last week when reading the news that four of their starting team may not be playing next year…
Four members of the Wexford Senior hurling panel are set to depart for Australia.
As per a report in the Wexford People, Paudie Foley, Damien Reck, Shane Reck, and Kevin Foley were departing for Australia. It was reported that this would be a blow for Egan’s plans during his second year involved with the Wexford Senior hurlers.
Damien Reck was arguably Wexford’s best defender last year, slotting into the centre-back position and being a model of consistency in every game. Shane was out for most of the year with injury, but his ability was on show after he was tasked with man-marking Clare talisman Tony Kelly in the qualifiers in his first game back in the Purple and Gold.
Likewise, Paudie Foley’s big presence in defence has added a key element to the back line, while Kevin Foley has been a regular and versatile starter over the last few seasons, often playing in the sweeper role or an adaptation of it.
Speaking to the Irish Independent since the news broke, Wexford hurling boss Darragh Egan played down the notion that he may be without four of his starting fifteen for the upcoming season.
He stated that the two Oylegate brothers, Damien and Shane, will be back for December training as they’re going over to visit an uncle while the Wexford football season plays out.
“Some of the lads are going on trips and holidays but when we return to training in December, we’ll have a full cohort ready to train and ready for the Walsh Cup in January.”
“At present, we’d expect the four players mentioned to be playing,” he insisted.
The news of the travelling players would have come as a massive blow to Darragh Egan’s plans with the Wexford Senior hurling team.
However, the fact that Egan has stated that “we’ll have a full cohort ready to train for the Walsh Cup” would suggest that communication has already been made by the players to the Wexford hurling manager about their intentions to return.
No matter what happens, one thing as fans we must consider though is that these are more than just players; they are people with hopes and dreams and if they want to travel, that’s what they should do and no one would begrudge them of it either.
With Covid-19 taking a dent of almost two years off many people’s plans, it is no surprise to see this thirst for travelling once again.
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