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Sugrue on the look out for new backroom members as key personnel move on

Jerome Stack and Eoin Kearns have stepped aside as coach and selector to the Laois senior football team in 2019

Laois football manager John Sugrue is currently on the look out for new members of his backroom team following the departure of selector Eoin Kearns and coach Jerome Stack.

Kearns, a former senior championship winner with Ballyroan-Abbey and who was part of the management team that helped the club to a first minor title in almost 50 years last weekend, has stepped away as a selector due to other family committments. But he is remaining on as part of the stats team.

Kerry native Stack was previously involved with Laois in 2014 and 2015 alongside Tomas O Flatharta and he also had spells with Limerick and Tipperary.

As of now, Brendan Delaney from Park-Ratheniska is the only selector alongside Kearns although Strength and Conditioning Coach Robbie Cannon and Bryan Breen from O’Dempsey’s, who played a key role in terms of logistics, will still be involved.

The Laois players are currently taking part in the new Divisional Football Competition, devised by Sugrue, with the final round of group games in that down for decision this weekend.

Laois were recently drawn to play Westmeath in the Leinster quarter-final in 2019 and should they win that, they’d then face, Meath, Carlow or Offaly in the semi-final.

Laois’s competitive season will begin with a home O’Byrne Cup game against Meath on December 8 and then they’re away to Wexford on December 15. They complete their O’Byrne Cup group campaign away to Wicklow on January 5.

Dublin are automatically into the O’Byrne Cup semi-finals while the remaining Leinster teams are split into groups with three teams emerging to make the last four.

Laois then begin their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign away to neighbours Offaly on Sunday, January 27.

The full list of league fixtures are below.

Allianz National Football League Division 3

v Down (A) 26/01; v Louth (H) 02/02; v Sligo (H) 10/02; v Westmeath (A) 24/02; v Longford (H) 02/03; v Offaly (A) 16/03; v Carlow (H) 24/03

Down v Laois – January 26
Laois v Louth – February 2
Laois v Sligo – February 10
Westmeath v Laois – February 24
Laois v Longford – March 2
Offaly v Laois – March 16
Laois v Carlow – March 24

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