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Kevin Foley: Wexford Want More After Taste Of Success In Leinster

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 30/6/2019 Kilkenny vs Wexford Wexford’s Kevin Foley celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Kevin Foley has insisted that Wexford are keen to push on and achieve more success in 2019 following their Leinster final victory over Kilkenny last month.

Davy Fitzgerald’s side lifted the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the first time in 15 years signalling joyous celebrations for the team and their supporters throughout the county.

However, 1996 was also the last year that Wexford contested an All Ireland final and Foley is keen to ensure that they get back their again this year.

“We had a quick chat on the Sunday after the game just to enjoy the couple of days but the minute we get back together it’s out the window and we’re focused on our semi-final and there’s work to be done and more to be got at.

“We want to push on now. We got a small taste with the Leinster championship but it would be amazing to push on and get to an All-Ireland final and see where it takes us then.

What’s done is done and we’re training as if it’s everything now for the next day. We haven’t been there in a long time and we’re going to take every opportunity we can get to get over the line and make the most of it.”

Wexford have found themselves a reinvented side during Fitzgerald’s three-year reign and the Clare native has not been afraid to reshuffle his pack.

Foley had previously made his name as a forward and midfielder for Wexford but has been deployed in the sweeper role this year to great effect.

While it took some adjusting to, the 25-year-old is savouring the challenge while he also praises Fitzgerald for trusting the players to play with freedom.

“I would have seen Shaun (Murphy) in action over the two years but being a forward and an attacker, going back into the backs was completely different for me. Just the general focus of where to be and trying to get to the right place at the right time and a couple of defending techniques. The boys, any time I had any questions I could give them a quick call to double-check on or clarify.
“For the rest of the team, Davy allows us to play with that bit of freedom, OK there’s a strategy or system there but there are different variations there that we can jump in and out of. Even for myself, if I end up going up the field, someone else can slot in as sweeper or vice versa.

“The backs and the forwards, we’re lucky that we train so hard and rigid that the lads can move around and jump into different positions.”

Another Fitzgerald change up came in the form of their prematch routine which Foley reveals is very much player-led and a calmer affair than many would imagine.

It is just another element that is adding to Wexford’s success this year according to the Enniscorthy native.

“It’s definitely a small bit different, Davy wanted to make it unique for us because we’re the ones driving it on and leading it, he didn’t have to come in and shout any speeches. It came from within and it was true for us and it meant something for us.
“It’s something that we’ve stuck to through the year and it seems to be working.”

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