The Laois GAA Executive Committee officially proposed that Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett becomes the senior hurling manager for 2021 at a meeting last night.
Last week it was revealed that the Portlaoise native was the preferred choice of the selection committee to take on the role.
That group was headed up by Ballinakill hurler Eamon Jackman and they were tasked with finding a replacement for Eddie Brennan who departed last month.
Seamus Dooley from Rosenallis and David O’Brien from Clonad were also on the three-man committee that recommended Plunkett for the Laois job.
In a statement last night, Laois GAA confirmed this move.
They said: “Laois GAA management committee are delighted to propose Seamus Plunkett as Senior Hurling Manager to Laois County Committee with confirmation of his back room team and management to be confirmed at a later date.”
The next step in the process will see Cheddar’s name being put before the clubs before he is formally ratified in the role.
It’s understood that Plunkett is currently finalising his backroom team.
The Portlaoise man was previously in charge from 2012 to 2016 when he turned Laois into a competitive side following a couple of very disappointing seasons prior to that under Teddy McCarthy and Brendan Fennelly.
Since then he has been involved at club level with his native Portlaoise and with James Stephens in Kilkenny whom he previously guided to a senior county final and was only narrowly beaten by Ballyhale Shamrocks in this year’s semi-final.
He has also had a high profile nationally due to his role as a regular pundit on Colm Parkinson’s GAA Hour Podcast.
It’s understood that Offaly club Birr had approached Plunkett with a view to taking over there in 2021 but he was subsequently offered, and accepted, the Laois job.