High Performance Director Ruud Dokter has signed a new five-year deal that will see the Dutchman remain in his current role until 2020, the FAI has announced today.

Dokter joined the FAI in August 2013 from the KNVB, the Dutch Football Association and will continue to work on the Player Development and Emerging Talent programmes - which were launched in 2015 and 2006 respectively - and further develop the foundations that have been laid to achieve long-term success from our most promising players.

"First of all I have to say that the FAI has been a great organisation to work with because it is an organisation working on development of football for the future," said Dokter.

"It is great working with the clubs and all of the affiliates and everybody in the football community. This is an exciting time for Irish football.

"It is important for me to say that in the two and a half years I've been here I feel that so much has been accomplished and I didn't hesitate for a second to renew my contract with the FAI."

Welcoming today's announcement, FAI CEO John Delaney said he looks forward to the next five years with Dokter overseeing Irish football development.

"We are delighted that Ruud will be continuing to work with the FAI,” he said. “He has worked closely with all of the affiliates involved in Irish football on the development of our elite player pathway and it is vital that this good work continues.

"We want to ensure that the Player Development Plan is implemented so that our games continues to improve across all levels, from grassroots right up to the highest level."