2017 was a year which saw Dublin secure a third consecutive All-Ireland title as well as a seventh Leinster Championship in a row. It’s easy to forget just how competitive the province was not too long ago. In 2008, Wexford reached the All-Ireland semi-final, falling to champions-elect Tyrone by six points.
Those were some remarkable days for Wexford football. The links to that team continue to fall away, as PJ Banville has announced his retirement.
Banville has been a member of the Wexford intercounty team since 2005, while also spending a period representing New York.
Widely regarded as one of the best players of a generation, Banville picked up four county titles with his club Horsewood, in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011.
He has released a statement detailing his decision.
“After a lot of thought, I have decided to hang up my boots from intercounty football with Wexford.
“I thought this day would never come but I have enjoyed every moment of it and it’s been an honour to represent the county for the past 13 years.
“It’s now time to become a Wexford football supporter and I wish them all the best in the future.”
It's time to call it a day ?? pic.twitter.com/l0wCP140eY
— pj banville (@pj123_) November 3, 2017
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