Bernard Jackman has announced his resignation as head coach of Clontarf in order to ‘travel overseas to experience other professional sporting organisations’.

Jackman released a statement through Clontarf today, stating: ‘Its with regret that I am stepping down from my position of head coach of Clontarf Football club with immediate effect.

‘Over the last 14 years it has been an absolute privilege for me to have been involved here as a player and a coach.

‘Regaining our Division 1A status last month was satisfying, but it has also been very rewarding to watch the quality players coming through from the Under-20s, which I am confident will benefit the club over the coming seasons.

‘During my time I have received fantastic support from the players, my management team and all the members and I am grateful for that.’

Without specifying where the next step of his career lies, Jackman stated: ‘I made this decision for professional developmental reasons.

‘My goal is to coach at the highest levels in the future and I feel that this is my window of opportunity to travel overseas to experience other professional sporting organisations and learn from their cultures and training methods to improve my skill set.’