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Saturday 16 December 2017

2012: All to play for

CONFINED to a peripheral role last season, David Henry bowed out with his All-Ireland medal.

Adrian Morrissey opted off the Wexford panel and is focussing on club football with Kilmacud Crokes, having changed careers from teaching to recruitment.

Matty Forde - despite a recent ‘comeback’ with the Wexford juniors and with the worst of his back problems behind him - has no intention of resurrecting his senior county career, even though he admits missing the “big days in Croke Park”.

FORDE: “Wexford are not playing particularly well, but they are definitely a better team than they showed in the two Longford games. Can they step up to the level Dublin showed against Louth? That's going to be very hard. I think there is a performance in Wexford, but it's going to take everything they have.”

HENRY: “A lot of patience will probably be needed by the players, but I think with Dublin's superior power and maybe superior intensity and pace, that they will break them down. The thing about it now is, because they are All-Ireland champions, even if they lose, it's no huge deal. So the pressure's off in that way. They can relax a little bit more and, without getting too nervous, go out and enjoy it ... they are not afraid of losing anymore.”

MORRISSEY: “Last season is last season, and I think Wexford need to get back to the type of football that suits us and get rid of the handpassing game that it seems to be too focussed on. Our key strength when we were going well was getting the ball fast into Ciarán Lyng and Redmond Barry, and they seem to be a little bit isolated in terms of service at the moment. Hopefully they’ll rectify that, but Dublin seem to be a different proposition again, even after last year.”

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