Kieran McGeeney will be back to take the reins of the Armagh senior footballers for a ninth campaign next year, the county board confirmed on Tuesday night.

McGeeney succeeded Paul Grimley as Orchard County manager back in 2015. He enjoyed his best championship run this summer, going out on penalties against Galway in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final after coming through the qualifiers.

That game was marred by an ugly brawl at the end of the 70 minutes which saw Galway forward Damien Comer suffer an eye-gouge.

McGeeney - who previously managed Kildare from 2007 to 2013, guiding them to an All-Ireland semi-final in 2010 - will now look to build on the progress his team made in 2022.

In the wake of the loss to Galway he lamented his team's "cruel" luck. "It's tough on the boys in there and you feel for them, you really do, but it's a tough mistress. That’s why I have all the grey hair."

McGeeney captained Armagh to a historic first and only All-Ireland title in 2002, winning three All-Stars in a playing career that spanned 15 years with the Orchard County.