Wednesday 29 March 2017

Johnston fate back in Cavan's hands

Daragh O Conchuir

The protracted Seanie Johnston transfer saga looks set to lie in the hands of the executive committee of Cavan County Board once again, following Tuesday night's hearing of the application.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) quizzed Johnston about his permanent residence and members of the panel were presented with a number of documents as evidence that he was living in Straffan.

These included confirmation that Johnston held a utility account for the address he is giving as his home, as well as a tenancy contract with his landlord.

As a result, the CCCC has opted to return the matter to the Cavan board, as it is they, rather than Johnston's club, Cavan Gaels, who raised questions about the 27-year-old's permanent residence and whether a transfer to St Kevin's and Kildare would be within GAA rules.

Speaking after Cavan's management committee decided not to sign the transfer form last month, county PRO Declan Woods said they had received no proof to support the fact that Johnston was living in Straffan.

Having received evidence to the contrary with regards to Johnston's residence, the CCCC are now referring the matter back to the Cavan executive for comment.

Irish Independent

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