Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fennell ready for crucial DRA hearing over transfer

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A date for Eamonn Fennell's Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) hearing is under consideration and could take place in the next week.

It has been confirmed that Fennell's request for a hearing has been received by the DRA.

The Dublin player is to challenge the Dublin County Board's refusal to transfer from his original club O'Toole's to St Vincent's.

For the last three years he has sought to move from O'Toole's, but has been blocked on each occasion by the Dublin Board.

O'Toole's has given Fennell their blessing to continue playing for Dublin despite his refusal to play for the club, but they are determined not to accede with his transfer request.

Meanwhile, towering Down midfielder Dan Gordon has withdrawn from James McCartan's panel citing a lack of hunger as the main reason.

Gordon looked set to be one of the cornerstones of the new-look Down team but informed McCartan of his decision late last week. But McCartan will leave the door open for a player who has been part of Down squads since he was 18.

In Mayo, captain Trevor Mortimer will accept a hearing to contest his proposed four-week ban after he picked up a straight red card in Sunday's victory over Galway in Castlebar.

Elsewhere, Tipperary were "out of their depth" in their opening Division 2 game, despite only losing by two points to Laois, according to manager John Evans.

The Premier boss is demanding much more than moral victories from his team and has challenged his players to start coping with the pressure of the big stage, saying that he has had enough of watching his team under-perform when the chips are down.

Tipp fought back magnificently in the second half at O'Moore Park, bridging a 10-point interval gap with eight minutes left. The home side eked out the victory in the end with two late points, but there was much to admire about Tipperary in that second half.

Irish Independent

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