Wednesday 24 May 2017

Forde ends quit talk with Model return

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Matty Forde has returned to Wexford football training, ending speculation that he would shelve his inter-county career.

Forde has played very little competitive football for Wexford since their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Tyrone in August 2008.

He underwent a back operation prior to last year's championship having missed much of the league campaign that saw Wexford lose their Division 2 status. However, now Kilanerin man Forde is back training with the Wexford panel having successfully come through a number of club and district matches in recent weeks.

"Matty is back and we're delighted to have him back," confirmed Wexford manager Jason Ryan.

"But he has a long way to go having missed so much football and we won't be rushing him.

"My fear is that people would expect that he would automatically pick up from where he left off in 2008 and that just won't be possible," added Ryan.

Corner-forward Forde had intimated late last year that his inter-county career was in jeopardy because of little or no improvement in the condition of his back since the operation.

The medical prognosis was that it could be the end of the summer before the nerves affected by the disc problems he has experienced would settle down.

But in the last few months the healing has progressed and the 30-year-old may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

Wexford have won four of their six Division 3 league games and are in with a chance of promotion if they can beat Antrim at home in their last-round game a week on Sunday.

Promising full-back Graham Molloy is also on his way back while Adrian Morrissey has returned from honeymoon and will be available again.

Ben Brosnan's suspension will have elapsed by the time the next game comes around.

Irish Independent

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