KIERAN McGEENEY is to remain at the helm of Kildare football for one more year as the Lilywhites go in search of provincial and All-Ireland honours.
The former All-Ireland winning captain with Armagh (2002) will extend his tenure to a sixth year in 2013 after the Kildare County Board gave the Mullaghbawn man the green light.
McGeeney had initially been linked with his native county after Paddy O'Rourke's resignation as manager in July but once Paul Grimley filled that post it was expected that McGeeney would stay in charge of Kildare's senior footballers.
A brief statement from the Kildare County Board confirmed McGeeney's reappointment also stating that "there are some administration details to be finalised in the coming days. 2013 will be McGeeney's final year under the current agreement. A further update will follow in the coming week."
Kildare were beaten in this summer's Leinster SFC by Meath at the semi-final stage before they lowered the colours of Cavan, Sligo and Limerick en route to losing an All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Cork in Croke Park.