Frustrated Fennell to continue for Dubs
Published 19/01/2010 | 05:00
Eamonn Fennell looks set to continue playing for Dublin in the O'Byrne Cup, despite his unresolved club status.
According to Dublin GAA sources, the 25-year-old -- who has been seeking a transfer from O'Toole's since 2007 -- is technically not transgressing any rule in appearing for the Dubs while not playing for his club.
However, it remains to be seen how his case is treated by the County Board at its February meeting, after the Dublin Competitions Control Committee recommended that his latest transfer application be rejected.
Fennell had applied to move to St Vincent's, but O'Toole's refused to sanction the transfer, leaving him in limbo.
The CCC made its decision on Saturday but Fennell played for Dublin in their O'Byrne Cup win over Wexford on Sunday.
Dubs manager Pat Gilroy made it clear after Sunday's game that he is taking a neutral stance on the issue, but intends to keep giving Fennell some badly-needed match-practice -- the midfielder missed almost all of last season with illness and injury.
"As far as I'm concerned, Eamonn is training away with us.
"We played him today and we're going to play him next week. He has worked very hard."
Fennell went public on Sunday with his frustration over O'Toole's refusal to let him move, saying: "All I want to do is play football. The GAA is my life and for the club to stop me playing is heartbreaking."
"Initially I put in for a transfer in 2007 for the 2008 season to Ballymun and that got blocked.
"Last year I wanted to go to Vincent's and that was blocked and it was blocked again this year so that's three times."
O'Toole's chairman Noel Kelly declined to comment, but indicated that the club may issue a statement at a later date.
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