Davy Fitzgerald will have another passenger on his long haul from Clare to Wexford next season with former Banner star Brendan Bugler coming on board with the Model boss for 2020.
Having mulled over his future as Wexford manager since their heartbreaking All-Ireland semi-final defeat to eventual champions Tipperary at the end of July, Fitzgerald decided to stay in the sunny south east and was ratified for another two years at last night's county board meeting.
Former All-Ireland-winning camogie boss JJ Doyle, former county star Keith Rossiter and Fitzgerald's right-hand man Seoirse Bulfin are once again involved as selectors for his fourth season at the helm.
Bugler, 34, comes in to replace Stephen Molumphy, who has departed to work alongside new Waterford supremo Liam Cahill, as a selector as he cuts his teeth at inter-county management for the first time.
Two-time All-Star defender Bugler – a Clare mainstay during Fitzgerald's reign as they lifted Liam MacCarthy in 2013 – comes on board having retired from inter-county duty at the end of the 2017 season following 11 years of service.
Having worked as a coach with Galway side Loughrea this season, Bugler is an interesting addition to the Wexford fold with the Whitegate clubman very well respected among his hurling peers.