TERRY HYLAND has played down suggestions that his appointment as Cavan football manager could hasten the return of Seánie Johnston to the Breffni county fold, writes Frank Roche.
The ‘wantaway’ forward is still embroiled in a protracted transfer saga that, he hopes, will eventually see him qualify to play football with Kildare.
Johnston has been in inter-county limbo since Val Andrews cut him from the Cavan squad last autumn, but the Dubliner’s resignation following a player heave last week had fuelled the possibility of a U-turn by the would-be Lilywhite.
However, Hyland has now dampened such debate.
“I haven’t even thought about Seánie. In fairness, I have not been speaking to Seánie since this whole thing started,” he insisted, adding that the player has “probably gone too far down the road” in his attempts to secure a club transfer to St Kevin’s and county switch to Kildare.
Hyland added: “The panel will be open to everyone and if Seánie is back playing football with his club (Cavan Gaels) we can have a look at him, but Seánie has not played any football since the end of last year.”
The incoming boss stressed that he’d never have taken the senior job if it had caused friction with his friend and former manager, Andrews.
“Val and I were always great friends and have been for the last 10 or so years. In fairness, I had a discussion with him over the weekend and he gave me his blessing to go for it, and that is why |I went for it probably more than anything else,” explained Hyland, who has just secured back-to-back Ulster U21 titles for his native county.