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Wexford’s youthful Senior Football manager has left the door open for a miraculous return for arguable Wexford’s greatest football player Mattie Forde.
The Waterford native Ryan has admitted he would love to be able to call on the former all-star for Sunday’s Leinster Senior Football Quarter-Final replay against Longford. Having announced inter-county retirement last year, following a persistent back problem Forde returned last week for the Wexford junior’s loss to Cavan. Forde in Ryan’s opinion ‘’kicked one or two amazing points.’’ The Kilanerin/Ballyfad man was Wexford’s first football All-Star also being named GPA Footballer of the year back in 2004. Ryan went on to say that “He’s still playing well. I believe he still could play senior inter-county football, but what I think and what he thinks (may be different). He’s given his time. He and I have spoken and he’s happy with his decision and that’s that.” A return to Senior inter-county seems unlikely however given Forde’s recent and fairly unequivocal statement: “I made it quite clear when I finished up that I have no intention of coming back playing senior football with Wexford. This is the first year I haven’t had hassle with the back, so I agreed to give it (the junior team) a go. But that’s as far as it goes. Senior county football training is basically professional nowadays, and it’s something I have no intention of going back to.” Wexford play Longford at 4pm in Tullamore next Sunday as part of a double header with Meath facing Carlow at 2pm.