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Breffni hope for Seánie return

CAVAN GAA chiefs hope to see Seánie Johnston back playing club football in the Breffni county after the 'wantaway striker' opted not to take his long-running transfer saga to the Disputes Resolution Authority.

Responding to the news, county board PRO Declan Woods said: "We'd hope that Seánie comes back and plays with his club and look forward to seeing him there.

"That's where his talent has been nurtured and where he started. Cavan Gaels are the best club in the county and certainly the most successful club. They want to move forward in Ulster and Seánie would certainly help them to succeed at provincial level."

Johnston had originally sought to switch club allegiance to St Kevin's of Straffan - and by extension hook up with the Kildare county footballers - but his transfer application was eventually ruled out of order by the Central Competitions Control Committee in Croke Park. The player maintained that he was now permanently resident in Kildare, but the Cavan board queried this assertion on the grounds that he was still working as a teacher in Cavan town.

Johnston could still have appealed the CCCC's decision, but the time frame for taking a case to the DRA has now lapsed.