Thursday 23 November 2017

Murtagh not fan of Costello's transfer 'solution'

PARNELL'S forward Johnny Murtagh has hit back at Dublin CEO John Costello's suggestion that players transferring to clubs in the capital change their inter-county allegiances to Dublin in a bid to stem the recent flow of arrivals.

Costello made the remarks in his annual report to Dublin County Board convention in December, claiming some recent moves to clubs were "testing both the eligibility laws and the ethos of our games". "Maybe it's time," wrote Costello, "that Dublin introduced their own bye-law that obligated any player who plays club football or hurling in the capital to declare for Dublin? It would be very interesting to see what the implications of such a law would be on 'transfer traffic'."

However, Murtagh, who is strongly consider leaving the Armagh panel and is actively investigating the possibility of a switch to Louth, countered by claiming that 'outside' players would not be selected for the Dublin senior footballers, even if they switched their allegiance.

"If I went up to John and said, 'Right, I'll play with Dublin, are you going to guarantee my place on the panel?', it wouldn't happen," Murtagh said.

"Everyone knows that Dublin footballers don't take outsiders. Hurlers take a couple maybe but the footballers not. I think the main thing that John's talking about is mainly to stop the transfer of out of town boys coming and that's a way of doing it for him, to say, 'Right, they have to declare themselves'. But that'll not happen." Murtagh joined the Coolock club earlier this year from Crossmaglen Rangers, thus becomming the latest in an increasingly long list of inter-county players to make the switch.

Already, Wexford pair, Rory Quinlivan, Aindreas Doyle along with Laois players, Michael John Tierney, Colm Begley and Darren Rooney have made the move while Mayo forward, Conor Mortimer, will don the Parnell's colours this year after transferring from his native Shrule-Glencorrib.

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