JASON RYAN has paid tribute to retired Wexford legend, Matty Forde, and simultaneously ruled out a late season change of heart from the Kilanerin man.
Ryan described the former All Star who announced his inter-county retirement yesterday, as a "legend" and "a privilege to ever deal with" but said his absence from training would rule out the possibility of a return further down the tracks.
"We'd love to have him playing," insisted Ryan. "But the way things are working now in inter-county football, fitness levels and conditioning are developing so fast and so much that if players miss anything and fall behind it's very hard to make it up. It's really hard.
"Okay, in some counties the club sides, the preparation and conditioning they have is outstanding but in other counties it's maybe not quite as much.
"In Wexford, we wouldn't have a huge amount of players at this time of year necessarily preparing for the (club) championship ahead so if they're not involved in the county set-up they...basically what I'm saying is there's a huge level of fitness between the county players and the club players in Wexford."
O'BYRNE CUP SEMI-FINALS: Westmeath v Kildare, UCD v Louth
O'BYRNE CUP SHIELD SEMI-FINALS: Dublin v Offaly, Meath v Laois
WALSH CUP QUARTER-FINALS: Antrim v Dublin, DIT v Galway, Laois v Wexford, NUIG v Kilkenny
WALSH CUP SHIELD SEMI-FINALS: Westmeath v Carlow, UCD v Offaly
KEHOE CUP QUARTER-FINALS: Wickow v Kildare, DCU v Down, Roscommon v Meath, Armagh v GMIT
KEHOE CUP SHIELD: Fingal v Louth, Trinity v Carlow IT