Adrian Fenlon has confirmed the worst kept secret in Wexford GAA - that he has played his last game for the county's senior hurlers.
In an interview with the Wexford People, Fenlon ruled out any return to Seamus Murphy's panel this season, joking: "I will have the Wexford jersey on me next summer alright, but it will be up in the Hogan Stand."
The 1996 All-Ireland winner and All-Star midfielder said: "To be honest, I more or less knew at the start of last year that it (2005) was going to be my last one playing for Wexford. Having said that, it was a tough decision to make and I did put a lot of consideration into it again before Christmas."
While citing an injury to his left knee, which has been operated on, and his busy job as a pharmaceutical sales manager for Janssen Cilag, Fenlon also felt his age was a determining factor.
"By the time the championship comes around I will be 33, and to be running around Croke Park after fellas like Tom Kenny and Derek Lyng, who are nearly ten years younger than me, is not an easy task. We have plenty of capable young midfielders, such as the likes of Darren Stamp and 'Mossy' Mahon, who are hurling very well at the moment."
An ankle injury blighted Fenlon's last inter-county season - his 13th in all - with his final appearance for Wexford unfortunately coming in the 0-12 to 1-20 All-Ireland quarter-final hammering by Clare last July.
Meanwhile, there are rumours that corner back Colm Kehoe, another link man back to the 1996 glory days, is about to call time on his career with Wexford.
Model boss Murphy has afforded Kehoe "a little more time" to make his decision.