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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Johnston saga was a one-off - Duffy

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy says he is confident the protracted Seánie Johnston transfer saga will prove a one-off.

The Cavan-born attacker finally secured a move to St Kevin's and is awaiting the scheduling of the next round of Kildare SFC club fixtures before he will become eligible to link up with Kieran McGeeney's county panel.

However, as the rule regarding transfer was changed at Congress -- a contributory factor in the length of time taken to sanction the transfer -- Duffy reckons the GAA is unlikely to see a repeat.

"The crucial thing is with the rules this year it's a one-off transfer," he explained. "He transferred under the old rules and that has changed somewhat since congress. There are clearly rules around residency and so on. It doesn't establish any kind of precedence going forward.

"He's got the transfer. It's over and done with now. It probably went on longer than anyone would have liked but he's with Kildare and good luck to him."



Murphy doubt

CARLOW talisman Brendan Murphy is a serious doubt for Saturday's Leinster SFC replay with Meath after suffering concussion during last Sunday's unexpected draw with the Royals.

"Brendan Murphy needed to stay in hospital in Kilkenny after the game," explained Carlow manager Luke Dempsey, who also has doubts over Murphy's brother Brian and is already definitely without free-taker Daniel St Ledger after he tore his hamstring.

"He got a bad bang on the head and suffered concussion and was feeling sick afterwards," he said.

"We're just hoping all the tests are okay. His brother Brian got a dead leg and it was very swollen after and he was having trouble walking on it."



Offaly blow

OFFALY are certain to be without Niall McNamee for their Leinster SFC clash with Kildare while his brother Alan is also carrying a calf injury.



Canning back

JOE Canning is likely to be back from a shoulder injury in time to make Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final with Offaly in O'Connor Park while long-term absentee, goalkeeper James Skehill, is also likely to return.

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