Stricter rules on transfers to go before Congress
STRICT new rules on what constitutes permanent residency for the purpose of GAA transfers are likely to be in place by May.
The Rules Advisory Committee is currently working through what is a very complex area in an effort to bring greater clarity.
It's expected to finalise its report shortly and will bring proposals to Congress in April, aimed at regularising the situation. If accepted, the new rules will come into effect in mid-May.
Under the current rule, 'permanent residence' is not clearly defined and is instead, left to county bye-laws to decide on the eligibility of players who are seeking transfers either across county or club boundaries.
That brings its own problems since not all counties have the same regulations.
Cavan's Seanie Johnston is the latest high-profile figure caught up in the residency issue as he seeks to prove that his request for a switch from Cavan Gaels and Cavan to St Kevin's, Staplestown and Kildare is valid under the transfer regulations.
The Rule Advisory Committee, chaired by Frank Murphy -- who is also the Cork county secretary -- has been working on the rule book for quite some time in an effort to address a whole range of problem areas and to simplify others.