KEVIN WALSH is ready to commit to Sligo for the 2013 season.
The Galway-born manager's appointment for another year is expected to be ratified at a specially convened meeting of Sligo County Board in the Radisson Hotel tonight.
The development comes after a series of meetings within the last few weeks.
Walsh has had talks with members of the County Board Executive, while plans for the 2013 season have also been discussed by the Board's Finance Committee.
More importantly, Walsh held a detailed meeting with players, during which he outlined he outlined specific commitments for the coming year. It's believed the positive response from players was an important factor in Walsh's decision to extend his reign as manager.
The former All Star took over as manager of Sligo four years ago at a time when they were rooted in Division Four of the National Football League.
He guided them to two successive promotions in the League and also brought Sligo to two Connacht finals, losing out to Roscommon in 2010 and to eventual AllIreland finalists, Mayo, this season.
Sligo meet London at Ruislip in the 2013 Championship, with the winners due to play New York or Leitrim in the Provincial finals.
The manager will have a new backroom team next season as two of his selectors, Paul Taylor and Dessie Sloyan, have indicated that they will not be in a position to continue in their roles. But it's understood that Paul Durcan will remain on as a selector. Further appointments to the backroom team are expected shortly.
Tonight's meeting is also likely to consider the management of the county minor and under 21 teams.
The expectation is that Anthony Brennan will stay on as Under 21 manager but it could be a few weeks yet before a minor manager is appointed.
Meanwhile, GAA President, Liam O'Neill, will make his first visit to the county this week-end when he presides at the official opening of a new juvenile pitch at St. John's GAA club on Sunday. The facility will be named in honour of the late Johnny Stenson, one of Sligo's greatest ever players who gave sterling service at club level to St. John's and Curry.
And the GAA Club All Stars Awards Scheme is reaching the moment of truth. This week-end marks the closing date for nominations from clubs and readers of the Sligo Champion for the prestigious awards.