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Friday 22 June 2018

Dunbar seeks club move

Ballygarrett opposing transfer request to Naomh Eanna

Cathal Dunbar (right) with fellow Wexfordman Willie Cleary (joint manager) after the pair were involved with Ireland’s Under-21 hurling/shinty international win over Scotland in Bught Park, Inverness, last Octobe
Cathal Dunbar (right) with fellow Wexfordman Willie Cleary (joint manager) after the pair were involved with Ireland’s Under-21 hurling/shinty international win over Scotland in Bught Park, Inverness, last Octobe

Brendan Furlong

Cathal Dunbar's transfer request has the potential to become quite a controversy given the stance that's to be taken by his current club, Ballygarrett-Réalt na Mara.

The Wexford inter-county hurling forward has sought a move from his native club to Gorey town's Naomh Eanna, who created such an impression in last year's Senior championship.

But the Ballygarrett club, who were relegated to Intermediate 'A' last year, are not willing to lose their leading player and will make every effort to retain his services for the 2018 season.

Club Chairman, Murt Fleming, has expressed his disappointment on behalf of the club to the request from Dunbar, who handed in his transfer application form over the weekend to be signed by club officers.

'We received the form over the weekend but we will not be signing it,' Fleming said. 'We will be opposing the application to transfer to Naomh Eanna.

'We dispute the fact that he is living in Gorey. This is a crazy situation and we will be doing everything possible to keep the player,' he added.

Fleming went on to say that Ballygarrett need him more than ever this year.

'Naomh Eanna have five to six players in the Wexford squad, so they hardly need another inter-county player. We have asked him to give us one more year to help get out of Intermediate 'A'.

'It's not an easy grade to get promoted out of. We have approached Cathal but he's not for turning.

'We are a small club. We cannot afford the loss of our best player as we are already surrounded by three Senior clubs, Naomh Eanna, Buffers Alley and Castletown.

'It would be a savage blow to us to lose him at this stage. It's very disappointing as we have always looked after the player,' Fleming said.

Should the club continue to refuse to sign the transfer application form, it will be interesting to see where it goes from there.

'It will possibly go to the Central Competitions Control Committee (C.C.C.C.) who will determine a process to deal with the application,' Fleming added.

Dunbar is a valued member of Davy Fitzgerald's Senior hurling squad and scored the vital goal in last Sunday's Walsh Cup semi-final victory over Dublin in Parnell Park, while he also has figured at Minor and Under-21 levels for the county. The forward also gained recognition with the Irish Under-21 shinty squad in Scotland last October.

'We will fight this all the way,' was the parting shot from Murt Fleming, himself a former inter-county Senior footballer.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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