Hurling or Football for Wexford's Chin?

Dual Wexford player Lee Chin says he will not rush into a decision over whether to commit to the county's hurlers or footballers next weekend.

Hurling or Football for Wexford's Chin?

Dual Wexford player Lee Chin says he will not rush into a decision over whether to commit to the county's hurlers or footballers next weekend.

Both of their respective All-Ireland qualifier matches have been scheduled for Saturday evening.

The Wexford hurlers are first in action in Thurles' Semple Stadium at 5pm when they face Clare as part of a double header with Kilkenny and Waterford.

Two hours later, the Wexford footballers will play 85 miles away in an All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier against Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Speaking at today's press conference to preview the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship final between Wexford and Kilkenny - Chin is the Wexford U-21 captain - he says he will consider all of his options.

"If I could get from one to the other on Saturday I would, but unfortunately that's not going to happen," he said.

"I haven't really made up my mind yet what I am going to do on Saturday. It's a tough call for me.

"Whatever I decide I'm going to have to let 30-odd lads down, but at the end of the day these are the decisions and the sacrifices I have prepared myself for, that I knew I would have to make during the year.

"Before Wednesday I presume I will be making my decision and it will be final."

Back in February, Chin was faced with a similar dilemma with the Wexford footballers in league action in Armagh and the hurlers lining out in a Walsh Cup decider in Enniscorthy.

Chin chose football but with that game postponed at the eleventh hour due to bad weather, he managed to make it back to face Dublin in the hurling match.

"Championship, it's a different ball game in terms of making decisions. I just have to really consider where I have gone this year and what I have done this year," he added.

"I have played all of my Championship games with the hurling and I have played both qualifiers, and it's tough to let them down now when they need me to maybe get to an All-Ireland quarter-final if we can beat Clare on Saturday.

"With the football, I don't know where to start. It has been fantastic.

"This is my second year in with them and it's so hard to let team-mates and friends down. It's really gutting me inside, but I know I have to make the sacrifice and it will be done shortly enough."

It has been a busy time for Chin of late at both senior and Under-21 level and although he injured his knee during Wexford's Leinster SFC semi-final defeat to Meath, he is confident of fulfilling his commitments this week for the U-21s and seniors.

"It was something I was really worried about during the week when I went over on it. It was serious enough and it ballooned up on me. There was an awful size on it and I was pretty worried about it, but I seem to have recovered very quick.

"I am very surprised at it and very happy with it. There's still a bit of swelling there, but I'm able to run on it and I have a bit of agility on it. I'll continue to do a bit of rehab on it over the next few days and I'll be fine, I will pull through."

Chin is looking forward to leading Wexford into battle on Wednesday night against reigning Leinster U-21 champions Kilkenny.

"It's an honour to be captain this year and to captain the team and county to hopefully a Leinster title. Hopefully we won't stop there - there's a long way to go yet," insisted the 20-year-old, who plays club hurling for Faythe Harriers and club football for Sarsfields.

"We don't want the year to end on Wednesday. It's straight knock-out in the Under-21 Championship and we hope to keep going. I'm very confident and we'll just go out and hurl and hope for the best.

"The county is crying out for something to happen here in Wexford and hopefully we can bring a bit of success back and get a lot more support going around Wexford if we are successful on Wednesday night.

"That's what it is all about really, getting the county on a buzz and bringing back the tradition of Wexford hurling. We'll do our best on Wednesday night, we are all ready for it and we are up for the challenge."

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