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Saturday 23 September 2017

Johnson dilemma in Kildare switch

OUT of favour Cavan forward, Seánie Johnston is facing a major decision: move club or give up on his bid to play for Kildare.

The Cavan Gaels attacker is currently in inter-county limbo after Breffni County manager, Val Andrews, dropped him from his native county panel for 2012 and the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) turned down his bid to switch allegiences to the Lilywhites on the basis of residency.

Johnston's last avenue for appeal is the DRA, but it seems unlikely that the arbitrary body would rule against the CAC in this case meaning Johnston must leave Cavan Gaels and join a club in Kildare if he wants to pursue his inter-county career in Kildare.

"If there is no DRA move I have a decision to make then, one which I would make carefully after sitting down with people close to me," he admitted. Some people will be annoyed with me in Cavan over my wish to move, but these are the circumstances I find myself in. I'm no longer a Cavan player.

"I'm 27 now and I want to continue playing inter-county football but I don't want to leave my club. It's hugely important to me. But I'm resident in Kildare now and I'm surplus to requirements in Cavan. That much was clear from the 10-second conversation I had with the manager (Val Andrews) last October."

DONEGAL will both without both Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden for the first half of their Allianz Division 1 campaign. Donegal captain Murphy underwent surgery yesterday while fellow attacker McFadden has a back problem which management are hoping will clear up by mid March.

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