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McGrath lands new Deise deal

Jackie Cahill

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has been handed a three-year extension
Waterford manager Derek McGrath has been handed a three-year extension

Waterford chiefs have placed their faith in Derek McGrath by handing the county's hurling manager a three-year extension.

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The move was rubber-stamped at a county board meeting last night.

McGrath already had one year left to run but the board have moved to ensure continuity by topping him up with three more seasons, until the end of the 2019 campaign.

The De La Salle man took over from Michael Ryan after the 2013 Championship, and although Waterford struggled last year, they made significant progress in 2015.

Having suffered relegation to Division 1B during his first year in charge, McGrath ensured a swift return to the top flight by masterminding promotion.

Waterford went on to claim League honours outright for the just the third time, with victory over Cork in the final in May.

Five weeks later, Waterford beat the Rebels again, this time in the Munster semi-final, before losing the provincial decider against Tipperary.

They regrouped to beat Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final before falling to eventual champions Kilkenny at the semi-final stage.

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