By Brendan O’Brien
Davy Fitzgerald may be undecided as to whether or not a third season in charge of Wexford is for him but the county’s senior hurlers are hopeful that the Clare man will sign on for a third term at the helm.
The Leinster county bowed out of this year’s All-Ireland championship with a flat quarter-final defeat to Fitzgerald’s native Clare last month.
It brought an end to a summer in which they failed to build on the gains made in 2017.
“I think the general consensus in the squad is that we would like to see him back, he has brought on Wexford hurling,” said Conor Firman who is a member of Fitzgerald’s senior panel and the U21s who face Cork in an All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday.
“In the league we have come on leaps and bounds and I suppose last year we got to the Leinster final, so we are up there. We know we can compete with the top teams, so it’s just about putting in a performance in on the day.”
They may have hit a plateau, after three defeats by Kilkenny between spring and summer, but Wexford still claimed league wins against Waterford, Cork, Clare, and Galway before accounting for Dublin and Offaly in Leinster.
Yet, the nature of the loss to Clare meant that their campaign ended in something of a damp squib.
Learning how to produce performances of consistency seems to be the next barrier for Wexford to break.
“We just seemed like we never got going for the thing,” said Firman.
“That’s one thing we have to learn now from that: just how to perform and how to get a performance out of it.
"You need to perform on those days in quarter-finals. For the last five years we have got there, but failed to get any further.
“So, that’s one thing we need to be pushing on and get to a semi-final.”