Dundalk first-team coach Shane Keegan is set to be a busy man this year having taken on a hurling manager’s role in his native Laois.

The 39-year-old is now a key part of Filippo Giovagnoli’s backroom staff having graduated from opposition analyst following the Italian’s arrival at Oriel Park last August.

As well as his Dundalk commitments, Keegan will also now act as Rathdowney-Errill hurling manager for the 2021 season.

A native of Rathdowney, the former Galway Utd and Wexford boss was confirmed for the position on Sunday. He takes over from John Delaney, who guided the club to senior championship success in 2019.

Though his main background is in soccer, Keegan has a very strong coaching pedigree and was linked with the vacant Meath hurling managerial position lasts year.

Rathdowney-Errill were beaten in the semi-final of the 2020 championship by Borris-Kilcotton with the final against Clough-Ballacolla still to take place due to Covid-19.