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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Davy has book plan but he's not bitter

Davy Fitzgerald
Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald may have signed up to lead another hurling revolution in Wexford - but he hasn't ruled out the possibility of one day returning to the Clare hotseat.

"Never say never. I don't know what's going to happen," he said, speaking at yesterday's launch of the Bord na Móna O'Byrne, Walsh and Kehoe Cups.

Reflecting on his Banner resignation after it emerged that the squad was split on whether he should remain, Fitzgerald insisted: "I've no bitterness. Was the last few years tough? It was tough. I'm probably doing a book in the next two years and you'll get to see a bit more of what I mean by tough ...

"It wasn't an easy ride since we won the All-Ireland (in 2013), that's all I'll say to you. It wasn't easy, from certain camps."

Fitzgerald's swansong - against Galway - came after a week that saw him undergo minor heart surgery to have two angioplasty stents inserted.

Concern about his health was "one of the reasons" he was initially so 50-50 about accepting Wexford's offer of an immediate managerial return, admitting: "The most important thing in life is life and the health you have."

Yet, ultimately, he said yes to the long travel haul entailed.

Meanwhile, Shane O'Rourke has been added to the Leinster football squad for tomorrow's Interprovincial semi-final against Connacht at Parnell Park (6.0).

The inclusion of the injury-blighted Royal, who helped Simonstown to their first Meath SFC title in October, is sure to fuel speculation of a possible inter-county comeback.

The Ulster/Munster semi-final has been put back to Sunday (2.0 at Parnell) due to the funeral of Ulster GAA secretary Danny Murphy, with the Ulster/Munster hurling clash also switched to Sunday (1.45 in Thurles).

The CCCC will meet on Sunday evening to determine dates and times for the two delayed finals.

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