Carlow boss Turlough O'Brien says Steven Poacher has "a big future ahead of him" in coaching.
Down native Poacher came on board with the Barrowsiders at the start of this season and, going by the team's league form thus far (they've won all their games in Division 4), he and the rest of the backroom team have made a hugely positive impact as the team push for promotion in the final three rounds.
"Steven is a huge addition to the backroom team," O'Brien told GAA.ie. "A tremendous character as well and he really hits it off with the players.
"He's a dynamo, really, and a terrific coach. I think he's very under-rated, I think he's going to have a big future ahead of him. We're delighted to have him involved with us.
"There are a lot of elements to it all and we have a very strong backroom team. Our selectors Tommy Wogan and Benji O'Brien are two great Carlow men and go to every game in Carlow so every player is considered for inclusion in the county panel.
"I think the players recognise in the county as well that they're going to be looked at and they appreciate the effort that's going in from that end of it. And then we have Damien Sheehan as selector as well, but he's also in charge of strength and conditioning."