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Johnston transfer from Cavan to Kildare down for decision

Cavan GAA's management committee will discuss Seanie Johnston's transfer request to switch to a Kildare club at their first meeting of the year on Monday night.

That meeting should give Johnston a very clear indication as to whether he will be cleared to become a Kildare player.

Johnston's transfer request from Cavan Gaels to St Kevin's in Kildare was received by Cavan County Board on Wednesday.

It had been signed by all the relevant parties including the Kildare County Board.

Cavan have 10 days from receipt in which to raise an objection. If there is no objection lodged then Johnston will automatically become a St Kevin's player and be eligible to play for Kildare.

Cavan Gaels have an executive meeting on Wednesday where policy on the proposed transfer will be discussed.

The indications are that Cavan could express concerns to the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC), the clearing body in this matter, and object to it.

Johnston has stated that he is now resident in Straffan despite working as a teacher in Breffni College in Cavan town.

On the basis of residence, Johnston believes this makes him eligible to play for a Kildare club.

The player has been out of favour with Cavan since last October when dropped from a squad for pre season training by manager Val Andrews.

Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has said he would welcome Johnston but added he would have to work his way into the squad.

If Cavan do raise objections and the CCCC support their viewpoint, Johnston may have to resort to the Disputes Resolution Authority.

Johnston grappled with the idea of taking a case to the DRA after the Central Appeals Committee turned down his original request to declare eligibility to Kildare and still play for Cavan Gaels.

Belfast Telegraph

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