Cood and Higgins are the 1st of the Rathnure players to confirm they can’t be arsed to play with Wexford. Fook them.
Wexford hurling manager John Meyler has been hit with another early blow with the news that Paul Codd has decided to retire from inter-county hurling.
This comes just a few days after long standing full-back Darragh Ryan also decided to hang up his boots for Wexford.
Codd is expected to continue with Rathnure having played a starring role in guiding them to the county senior title this year.
Last week Codd was non-committal as to his inter-county future.
When asked as to his availability for next season, Codd informed the new manager that he would not be in a position to give the necessary commitment.
A source close to the team management confirmed: ‘John Meyler has spoken with Paul. The player feels that he will not be able to give the required commitment so will not be part of the squad.’
This year he came on as a late sub in the All-Ireland quarter-final demolition to Clare.
It signalled the end of Codd’s inter-county career, the highlight of which was coming on as a substitute in the 1996 All-Ireland final victory over Limerick.
He will also be remembered for displaying a ‘Paddy Power’ bookmaker logo on his hurl in the 2003 All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Cork.
Codd’s clubmate Nigel Higgins has also stunned the management by not making himself available to the squad.
Higgins left the squad in controversial circumstances this year but has also informed John Meyler that he would not be in a position to give the required commitment to training.
His decision is a real blow given the shortage of quality forwards in the county.
Better news for Meyler is that Rory McCarthy returned to gym training on Sunday morning and will be available for a further championship campaign.
McCarthy and keeper Damian Fitzhenry are the last remaining links with the 1996 All-Ireland winning side.