Fearghal Kerin. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Dundalk FC have announced the departure of highly-rated physio Fearghal Kerin.
The Offaly native has spend three-seasons with the Lilywhites having replaced Paul Cheshire in the role ahead of the 2015 campaign.
However, with Dundalk's new morning-based training schedule set to kick in in the new year, Kerin's role with Leinster Rugby will prevent him from being part of Stephen Kenny's backroom team moving forward.
Speaking to dundalkfm.com, Kenny paid tribute to the impact Kerin had in his three-years at Oriel Park: "As manager I would like to thank Fearghal for his contribution to the club over the last three seasons. We have won two league titles with him and reached three FAI Cup Finals.
"The challenge in 2016 in the epic run with the 12 European games. It was a bigger challenge for him with games every three days for four months. It was an extremely hectic period and very challenging for all the staff and the players. He showed his level of expertise and experience during that time. I think Fearghal’s diagnosis was always excellent.
“He got the balance between always putting player welfare first and not caution for the sake of caution. The player always came first with Fearghal. He was an important part of the backroom team for the last three years. He invested a huge amount in his effort and commitment here. His commitments with Leinster are quite substantial.
“We want to thank him for his commitments over the last three years and we sincerely wish him well for the future.”
Dundalk FC also expressed their gratitude for Kerin's service.