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Johnston free to be a Lilywhite

SEANIE JOHNSTON has finally won his five-month campaign to transfer club allegiance to St Kevin's of Staplestown - but one more tricky hurdle remains to be crossed before he can become a fully-fledged Kildare county footballer.

The now officially former Cavan Gaels forward cannot play for Kildare until he first plays club championship with his new club, and there is still no indication of when he will be afforded that opportunity.

Dates for the second round of the Kildare SFC have yet to be fixed and, but for the Johnston saga, those matches almost certainly wouldn't be played until after Kieran McGeeney's Lilywhites have completed their championship campaign.

Contacted today, Kildare secretary Kathleen O'Neill insisted there has been no talk "whatsoever" about when those second round fixtures might take place. "We had a county board meeting last night ... all the (Kildare) CCC chairman said was there was no date fixed for the second round," she said.

The other possibility, is that Johnston could play some part of a championship fixture with St Kevin's affiliated hurling club, Coill Dubh.

It remains to be seen whether this would secure his inter-county eligibility under GAA rules, and O'Neill today admitted: "I don't actually know. There was no point in looking into anything until the transfer was through, and we haven't even been notified of that - we just heard it on KFM (Radio) last night."