Fitzhenry set to decide on Wexford future

WEXFORD goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry will decide this week if he is to commit to an 18th season of inter-county hurling.

Fitzhenry has been the Model County’s last line of defence since making his debut in 1993 but it is unclear if he plans to don the number one jersey in 2010.

The county squad played two challenges last weekend against Limerick and Kilkenny champions Ballyhale Shamrocks but the Duffry Rovers man was conspicuous by his absence.

Manager Colm Bonnar has yet to hear from Fitzhenry regarding his plans for the season ahead but the former Tipperary players hopes to meet with the goalkeeper in the coming days.

Bonnar said: “I have not spoken with Damien, but we’ll be meeting up this week for a chat. Clearly it’s an issue for Damien as to whether he has the appetite for another season.

“The decision is his to make. Perhaps after this week we’ll know more. At the moment we have three keepers in the squad and will continue our preparations with them. But still Damien’s experience would be invaluable to what is now a young squad.’’

Wexford used Fitzhenry’s deputy Dermot Flynn against Ballyhale Shamrocks, while last year’s minor keeper, Mark Fanning, made his senior debut against Limerick. Cloughbawn’s Paul Dempsey is the third keeper in the squad.

Meanwhile Gary Laffan, full-forward on the 1996 All-Ireland winning team, has been added to Tony Dempsey’s U21 hurling team management.

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