Ballyfin are searching for a new manager ahead of their senior hurling campaign after it was confirmed that Fintan Deegan has moved on.
Deegan, who guided Ballyfin Gaels to the Senior A title last year, has returned to his native club The Harps.
The former Kilkenny senior camogie coach will take over from David Cuddy for the 2018 season.
It is understood that Ballyfin wished to continue with Deegan but he has chosen The Harps where he will look to bring them back to the senior level after they were relegated in 2016.
Following Ballyfin’s win in September, Deegan did hint that he would likely be moving on.
He said: “What I wanted before I left Ballyfin club was to have them senior hurlers because they won a minor a couple of years ago and it is only better they will get.
“I have no doubt that they will survive at senior level.”
Elsewhere, the team that Ballyfin Gaels defeated in the final, Colt Gaels, have decided to keep faith with their manager.
Christy Dunphy will once again be in charge as they try to make that step up in 2018.