Former Wexford manager Jason Ryan is to take up the role of selector with the Kildare footballers.

Ryan spent five years in charge of the Slaneysiders, during which time he guided the county to three Leinster final appearances, and an All-Ireland semi-final date with Tyrone in 2008.

Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has already seen the departure of Niall Carew and John Rafferty from his management team, with the former taking over in Waterford.

The addition of Ryan to the Lilywhite ticket, one would suspect, would be looked on favourably within the county.

McGeeney is about to embark on a sixth year in charge, with last year's Allianz League Division 2 title the only silverware he has brought home.

Narrow defeats in the latter stages of the Championship in recent years have dented Kildare's confidence, and it will be interesting to see whether the arrival of Ryan can inspire them to win tight contests when it matters most.