Fanning the flames of Wexford hurling

December 12, 2017

Wexford's Mark Fanning strikes a penalty against Kilkenny.
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Goalkeeper Mark Fanning reflects on 2017 as the start of something good for Wexford's hurlers.

Under new manager Davy Fitzgerald, the Model County secured promotion to the top flight of the national league and also contested the Leinster SHC final, beating neighbours Kilkenny along the way. Fanning points out that the season provides them with plenty to build upon in 2018:

"It was a start, I suppose, really," the Glynn Barntown clubman told "In Davy's first year it was nice to get back to a Leinster final, obviously it was disappointing that we didn't win. Getting back to Division 1A hurling with the promotion is going to be huge for us going into the national league in 2018. You could put it down as a start.

"To be fair the thing with Wexford because we have such good supporters and mad hurling people they are only crying to get behind a senior hurling team that is going somewhere.

"Davy, having the standing that he has, people rowed in behind us straightway. It was great. The thing going into next year is that it is maybe going to be harder for us. We are going to have to work harder and we are going to have to up the standards an awful lot. Hopefully 2018 will be worthwhile."

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