Davy Fitzgerald still having an impact on players despite ban, says Lee Chin
Wexford hurling star Lee Chin insists manager Davy Fitzgerald is "still having an impact" on preparations despite the fact that he is serving an eight-week ban.
Clare native Fitzgerald picked up the suspension for encroaching on the pitch and clashing with opposition players in their NHL semi-final defeat to Tipperary, meaning he has been forbidden from taking charge of training sessions ahead of their Leinster SHC opener with Laois on Sunday.
But Chin believes Wexford are making the best of the situation.
"I know definitely he is still having his impact, with the contact that he has with the selectors," Chin said, at the launch of the Global Games development fund which sees the GAA team up with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide monies for projects in GAA clubs around the world.
"He is feeding stuff through to them and they are feeding stuff back to him after training. And we would obviously have all our training sessions filmed every night so he is getting that feedback too, to see himself what is going on. Through his selectors, he is coming out on them."
Chin admits the absence of a manager makes it the strangest build-up to a championship game he has been a part of but insists they have become accustomed to it.
"I suppose it is but five weeks into it now, you are used to what is going on," he offered. "The point of contact is there and Davy being Davy, he is still getting the best out of you. He is still motivating fellas and driving you on. And it is the same with the backroom team, Davy will be just as hard on those guys as he is with the players. (There's) been a lot of contact on the mobile, and things like WhatsApp, and that. In terms of training he's only there in spirit, so all we can do is be in contact in any way we can.
"I've sat down with him on a couple of occasions, met in certain places. In some ways it is difficult, but at the same time Davy is making the most of it, doing what he can. "
The Slaneysiders have been boosted by the return to fitness of Shaun Murphy and goalkeeper Mark Fanning after injury.
Wexford are hot favourites to advance to a Leinster semi-final with Kilkenny and Chin agrees that having seen Tipperary turned over in their opening-round tie, Wexford will be on their guard.
"It would open your eyes that anything can happen on a Championship day," he said.
"The preparation that we've had coming into this Laois game has been crazy and that's no joke.
"Since we knew we got Laois two weeks ago, we've been just totally focused on them and totally focused on the first round of the Championship and not looking at anything beyond that. We know that Laois are going to come with a massive, massive fight."
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