Wexford have appointed former Tipperary coach Darragh Egan as their new senior hurling manager.

Egan has been a key part of the Tipperary senior hurling backroom under Liam Sheedy in the past number of years and only weeks ago stepped aside from his role when Sheedy called time on his second tenure in charge of the Premier County.

Kildangan clubman Egan is rated as one of the most progressive and exciting young coaches in the game.

RTÉ Sport has confirmed that the 35-year-old will now replace Davy Fitzgerald as manager of Wexford.

It's understood Egan was one of the first names to be considered for the post by the Wexford board and his appointment will be officially unveiled later this morning.

A former Tipperary senior hurling forward and goalkeeper, Egan was his native county’s under-16 manager when Sheedy first drafted him into the senior set-up.

Since then, he has worked alongside top coaches like Tommy Dunne and Eamon O’Shea.

His name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Sheedy in Tipperary, but instead he will take the reins at Wexford. RTÉ Sport understands the appointment will be on a two-year basis, with an option of a third year.

Egan has also played a key role with Kildangan, alongside fellow clubmates like Eamonn Kelly and Brian Lawlor, as they progressed from junior ranks to win an historic Tipp senior title last year in tandem with huge development of their club facilities.

A school principal at Puckane NS, Egan is known for his organisational and progressive methods – as well as his coaching prowess.

His insight as a player, both a goalkeeper and attacker, will also help in his new role.

An All-Ireland winner with Tipp in 2010, he was also an accomplished footballer and was selected on the Irish Compromise Rules U-18 team which toured Australia in 2004.

Egan made his competitive debut with the Tipperary senior hurlers in February 2005 and was part of the panel until 2016. Since then, he has cut his teeth in coaching at the highest level.

It’s understood that his backroom team has not been confirmed yet.