Saturday 16 December 2017

D-day for Fennell

DUBLIN midfielder Eamon Fennell is facing an agonising decision which could have a large bearing on his inter-county career.

Just four days after the Dubs' All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Cork, Fennell will have to decide whether to line out in O'Tooles' county championship clash against Ballyboden St Enda's tomorrow evening.

For the past three years, Fennell has been seeking vainly to transfer from O'Tooles, first to Ballymun-Kickhams and later to St Vincent's, but all his attempted moves have been blocked by the Coolock-based club and the Dublin County Board.

If Fennell refuses to line out for O'Tooles at St Margaret's tomorrow, he could be barred from lining out for the Dubs next year.

Dublin County Board rules clearly state that a player cannot line out for one of the county teams while he refuses to play with his club.

The O'Tooles club were remaining tight-lipped on the situation, with chairman Noel Kelly declining to make any comment on whether Fennell was likely to have a change of heart and bin his transfer request -- for the moment at least -- and line out against last year's champions.

Irish Independent

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