Conor McDonald says he and his Wexford hurling colleagues were “buzzing” when they got word that manager Davy Fitzgerald was staying on.
The former Clare All-Ireland winning boss will guide the county once again as 2020’s inter-county season begins in earnest.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, forward McDonald was delighted to see the bond forged between players and manager extended into another campaign.
“He’s brought so much to us over the last number of years and I think we have a great bond,” he said.
“The atmosphere in the camp is always really good and while it’s high intensity most of the time, Davy’s very good at keeping everyone fresh and having a fresh outlook on anything which is more important than the bodies even.
“I think 99%, if not 100%, we’re delighted to have him back and once news broke, we were obviously buzzing.”
Fitzgerald’s side kickstart their Allianz Hurling League campaign against Laois on Saturday.
McDonald is using the memory of a recent match against Laois in Portlaoise as motivation.
“Laois had a great year last year. They’ll be wanting to build on that,” he said.
“Going up to O’Moore Park, I think we went back in 2014 or ’15, and it was hotly contested.
“I think we barely scraped out there with a one-point win. So they’ve obviously improved an awful lot since then and we know the danger that they can bring.
“We’re going up there now under no illusions that we’re going to get a great contest.”
Wexford already have some silverware to start the year, having edged Galway in the Walsh Cup decider on Saturday.
“It’s a bit early to be jumping to conclusions but it’s obviously nice to be winning those games rather than getting beaten in them,” said McDonald.
“We were under pressure for an awful lot of time in that game.
“So it was nice to obviously come out with a victory.”