Sunday 17 December 2017

Johnston's switch still up in the air

KILDARE are in the dark about Seánie Johnston's presence at training with Cavan Gaels last night but remain confident that his proposed transfer to St Kevin's will go through.

Sources within the Lilywhite's camp were unaware about Johnston's participation in a training session with his hometown club in Breffni Park last night but insisted that he had been training on Tuesday and Thursday nights with St Kevin's and that there had been no change of heart from the player since his CCCC hearing on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the CCCC quizzed Johnston about his permanent residency and were presented with a number of documents as evidence that he was living in Straffan.

As a result, the CCCC decided to return the matter to the Cavan County Board who initially raised the objection over the legitimacy of the transfer and it now looks like Cavan will have to prove that he does not live in Kildare in order to prevent the transfer.

Speaking yesterday, Kildare's Dermot Earley insisted: "If he arrives, he arrives; if he doesn't, he doesn't. If he does arrive, I know that he is going to have to work hard, the same way the rest of our lads are working."

SEáN óG ó hAILPíN will start his first competitive match for Cork's hurlers in almost a year and half after he selected to line out at midfield for Saturday night's Allianz HL Division 1A clash with Waterford.

CORK (SH v Waterford): D óg Cusack; B Murphy, S McDonell, S O'Neill; J Gardiner, R Cashman, W Egan; S óg ó hAilpín, D Sweetnam; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; P Horgan, P O'Sullivan, B O'Connor.

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