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Saturday 25 March 2017

Lilies leaves door open for Johnston switch

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KILDARE selector Niall Carew has denied that the Lilies are ready to recruit Cavan star Seanie Johnston, but left the door open for a switch in the future.

The Cavan Gaels clubman has been linked with a move to Kildare since he was sensationally axed from the Cavan panel by Val Andrews and Carew refused to rule out the move at a later date.

"Any player, whether they are inside the county or outside, if he wants to come in, we'll give him a go, but for now there is nothing happening," said Carew.

Elsewhere, Westmeath hurling captain Brian Smyth has been dropped from the panel as manager Brian Hanley cracks the whip for the new season. Hanley is confining his squad to players who can train throughout the week.

Smyth and club-mate Chris Flanagan are two of the high-profile names axed from the Galwayman's squad, with Smyth unable to commit to a stringent training plan as he lives in London.

And the day of the dual player in Westmeath could be over as Hanley has also confirmed that he will not be selecting anyone who wants to play inter-county football before hurling.

"It is tough on some of the lads that have not been selected, especially Brian Smyth, but there is no point in him being involved if he cannot train three times a week with everyone else," said Hanley.

In Tyrone, Carrickmore have decided against appealing the sanctions handed out for their part in the brawl which marred their Division 1 league final clash with Dromore.

However, goalkeeper Plunkett McCallan, who was handed a one-year suspension, is believed to be considering an appeal.

Suspensions totalling 452 weeks were handed out to players and spectators involved in fighting. It is unclear whether the Dromore club or their members intend to appeal.

Meanwhile, recently appointed Galway senior hurling boss Anthony Cunningham will also be in charge of the county's U-21 side for 2012. He is currently preparing Westmeath champions Garrycastle for their Leinster club SFC semi-final clash with Kildare outfit Athy.

Irish Independent

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