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Former Kerry All-Ireland winner in line for Laois football job

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Former Kerry All-Ireland winner in line for Laois football job

According to reports the new Laois senior football manager is set to ratified in the coming days.

Following in the footsteps of fellow-Kerry man John Sugrue, former Kerry midfielder and four-time All-Ireland winner Mike Quirke is in line to become the fifth man from the Kingdom to take the reigns of the Laois footballers in recent years.

The 39-year-old is reported to be the preferred candidate of Laois GAA's selection committee for the vacant position after John Sugrue's departure at the end of July.

Sugrue stepped into the role in 2017, succeeding Peter Creedon, when Laois football was at its lowest ebb following their relegation to Division 4 of the National Football League, the lowest tier.

During his tenure in charge, Sugrue oversaw back-to-back promotions from Division 4 to Division 2 where they will compete for the coming year, as well as a Leinster final appearance in 2018.

As has been the trend in recent times, Laois GAA have turned south to the Kingdom for a manager following on from the glory days of Mick O'Dwyer to Liam Kearns, Tomás Ó Flatharta and most recently John Sugrue.

A full-time coaching officer with Munster GAA, Quirke has most recently taken charge of his home club Kerins O'Rahilly's where they reached successive Kerry SFC semi-finals in both his years in charge.

Quirke is also an established basketballer with Abrakedabra Tralee Tigers where he has won two National Cups alongside fellow Kerry star and pundit Kieran Donaghy.