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Tuesday 21 August 2018

McGeeney mulling over Kildare renewal

KIERAN McGeeney insists there is still a long way to go before he agrees to manage Kildare for another year but has suggested he could take on a wider role in the county's footballing fortunes.

McGeeney will meet with Kildare county chiefs to discuss extending his tenure into a fourth season and knows that he already has the overwhelming support of clubs and top-brass officials.

"It would be nice to be there but there's still a lot of things to be worked out," said McGeeney. "They're a great bunch of lads and my loyalty to them will never be in question."

The Mullaghbawn native stressed that changes could be made to the underage system in Kildare which would contribute to a more consistently competitive senior team and added that he had considerable experience in such projects.

"There's also structures to be put in place," added McGeeney. "Alan Barry's done a great job last year with the under-21s.

"People just see results but that isn't what structures and development pathways are all about.

"It's about providing players to play at the ultimate level and that's what Bryan Murphy, Alan Barry and Glenn (Ryan) when he was here have done.

"You're bringing players through that want to play for their jersey.

"They have passion, they have pride, they want to work hard and they come through to the senior team with a different ethos that maybe players in the past have come through.

"That's what you're looking to do, and you step back into the development squads. I suppose all those things have an impact on the future of Kildare.

"It's part of what I do for a living," McGeeney added.

"I've been involved in sports development and sports strategic planning for a long time both north and south of the border and I think with a few small tweaks here and there, Kildare can really make huge leaps and bounds towards being one of the top-tier counties in the country on a consistent basis and not maybe every other decade or something like that."

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