Waterford GAA have tonight confirmed that Derek McGrath and his management team have been confirmed for 2018.
This was unanimously ratified at a meeting of the Waterford Executive Committee.
McGrath guided the Déise to the All-Ireland final this year, before ultimately losing out to Galway in the decider.
There is a real belief in the south-east that this young team can take the final step in the coming years, and that McGrath is the right man to lead them.
McGrath is a manager who wears his heart on his sleeve, and it is clear that the players respond to that.
This was never more clear than when he was speaking in the aftermath of the All-Ireland final in September, when he had no complaints but merely spoke of his admiration for the players.
“Obviously, we’re hugely disappointed, but the overriding emotion is one of pride in our lads. There was no capitulation. There was no sense of throwing in the towel. The resiliance shown was incredible. I’ve never been as proud of them, in actual fact.”
His popularity in the dressing room is clearly a major factor in his decision to keep him on, as he looks to end a drought which goes back to 1959.