Waterford manager Derek McGrath admits he went through "a winter of wondering" before deciding to commit to a fifth season with the Deise men.
McGrath revealed on Off The Ball last night that he was ready to step down after his team's All-Ireland SHC final defeat to Galway last September.
However, after speaking to players and management over the winter season, the De La Salle man says he was motivated to go at it again in 2018.
"Can you go again? Can you reach that summit? Can you find a different way - do you need to find a different way? The questions pertaining are very obvious questions nearly straight away," said the Deise boss.
"Given the type of character I am, and most of the lads are on the panel, that's the type of thing you'd question all over a winter...of not discontent, but a winter of wondering.
"That's where we find ourselves now, even after three defeats in the league and one victory. Finding a steady path toward getting the best out of ourselves come the summer."