Tuesday 21 November 2017

Johnston transfer hits snag

SEáNIE Johnston's proposed transfer to Kildare has hit a major snag after the Cavan county board refused to sign his application and raised serious questions over his residency.

A statement released by the Breffni County Board early this morning read: "During the January meeting of Cavan county board's management committee, the issue of an inter-county transfer request was discussed.

"The committee have decided that they will be unable to assist this particular process as they believe there is a doubt about compliance with rial 6.9 T.O. 2011."

That rule states that a transfer application from a player to join a club in a different county "shall not be granted unless the player is in permanent residence in the new County, or is declaring for his Home Club under Rule 6.5."

Johnston used an address in Straffan in his initial correspondence with Croke Park, but he may now be forced to prove that he is a permanent resident of Kildare or face giving up on his bid to join Kieran McGeeney's men.

The Cavan Gaels attacker had attempted to switch his county allegiance to Kildare without changing clubs, but the move was thwarted by the Central Appeals Committee and Gaels subsequently declined to pursue a DRA case on the player's behalf.

That left Johnston with a major decision over whether to leave his hometown club or resign himself to defeat in his efforts to play for the Lilywhites.

Last Thursday morning, a transfer request arrived in Croke Park from Johnston seeking a move to Kildare club St Kevin's and after initial soundings that Cavan Gaels would reluctantly accept, the Breffni board's objection throws the whole move into jeopardy.

McGeeney has said he would welcome Johnston to the squad but Cavan's decision to block the move may leave Johnston with no other option than to pursue a case with the DRA.

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