Three selectors have been chosen to form a management team for the Laois U-20 footballers.
Billy O’Loughlin was ratified as Laois U-20 football manager at the January County Board meeting where an appeal for clubs to put forward selectors was issued.
And now the Arles-Killeen native is set to be joined by former players from Stradbally, St Joseph’s and Emo/Annanough.
Stradbally’s Larry Keenan has represented Stradbally and Laois during the 90s and 00s.
He has been part of Stradbally’s club management team for the past two seasons under Offaly man Martin Murphy.
However, with Murphy stepping away to be replaced by Barney Maher this year, Keenan has now been put in for the U-20 role.
Gerry McGill is the second selector that has been put forward to join O’Loughlin’s team.
He has a wealth of experience in both playing and management. He was a selector with the Laois senior footballers under Tomás Ó Flatharta and has played for two Laois clubs.
McGill won an Intermediate football championship with Emo in 2012 and then went on to represent Annanough in 2015 when they reached the decider only to lose to Clonaslee-St Manman’s.
While the third selector is St Joseph’s Liam Brophy. He represented his club at senior and junior level for several years.
He has been heavily involved at juvenile level in St Joseph’s and his knowledge of the players at this age grade will surely be an asset to manager O’Loughlin as he tries to confirm his panel.
Football Board chairman Laurence Phelan says he is very happy with the management team that has been assembled.
He said: “You’d have to be very happy with each of the men put forward here as they all bring something different and have unique qualities.
“I’d like to see continuity here and that this team would remain in place for a number of years.
“Strength and conditioning coach Robbie Cannon is in with them too.”