Mark Tumilty will remain in charge of the Irish senior men's hockey team until at least December of this year after he agreed a contract extension with Hockey Ireland.

Tumilty's new deal will run until the end of the current 'Olympic cycle' after which Hockey Ireland will advertise the full time head coach position.

The former Banbridge head coach was appointed on an initial short-term deal last September ahead of Ireland's Olympic qualifier against Canada. 

Ireland narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification after they were controversially held to a 6-6 aggregate draw with Canada before losing on penalty strokes.

Speaking on the announcement of his extension, Tumilty's said "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to continue in the role for 2020.

"I am really look forward to working with a very talented group of players and support staff. We need to grow the depth of our squad and to ensure all players fulfill their potential.

"I want to play an attacking and exciting brand of hockey, with our goal to get the Irish Men moving up the world rankings again."