John Rafferty set to make Kildare exit?

KILDARE senior football selector John Rafferty is not expected to return for a second term, the Leinster Leader has learned, writes Ruth Chambers.

KILDARE senior football selector John Rafferty is not expected to return for a second term, the Leinster Leader has learned, writes Ruth Chambers.

The Armagh man, who came in for Aidan O’Rourke last year, is likely to be replaced by former Kildare star Damien Hendy as the second selector along side St Kevin’s club man Niall Carew.

Kieran McGeeney and Carew are all set to continue on for a sixth consecutive year at the helm and are also expected to take charge of the Under 21 team in 2013.

Sarsfields’ Alan Barry was manager of the U21 team for the previous three years but after a disappointing defeat to Offaly in this year’s provincial championship, his tenure came to an end.

Hendy, from the Castledermot club, has been working with the panel for the last few seasons in an advisory role, alongside Clane man Tom Cribbin this year.

It is believed that the senior football panel for 2013 will be reduced by up to twelve in order to save further costs.

This year the running of the senior football team amounted to approximately E270,000, as revealed by county board chairman John McMahon last week, which is a considerable reduction from last year. The full breakdown of that figure is expected to be published soon.