Tuesday 21 November 2017

Johnston saga set to end up in front of DRA

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

SEANIE Johnston's attempted transfer to Kildare looks set to end up in the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) after it was rejected for a second time by the GAA's Central Competition Control Committee (CCCC) yesterday.

The former Cavan player, who is seeking to move from Cavan Gaels to Kildare club St Kevin's, Staplestown in order to facilitate him lining out for the Lilywhite footballers, got confirmation yesterday that his latest request had been refused, citing Rule 6.9 (Residency) & Rule 6.1 (Ethos).

A separate previous application was refused on the grounds he did not convince the CCCC that Straffan was his permanent residence.

A new CCCC (the members changed at Congress) has dealt with his second application and Johnston provided them with information earlier this week in the hope his transfer to St Kevin's would go through in time to play for them in the first round of the Kildare championships tonight.

A new rule introduced at this year's Congress stipulates that he must first play championship for St Kevin's before he can apply for an inter-county transfer.

Johnston is expected to appeal the decision immediately to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) and, if unsuccessful there, take it to the final arbiter, the DRA.

Elsewhere, Louth's footballers have just one change from the team who beat Meath for their Leinster SFC opener with Westmeath.

Donegal, whose Ulster defence starts against Cavan tomorrow, still haven't named a team but they will be captained by Rory Kavanagh.

LOUTH (SF v Westmeath) -- N Gallagher; P Rath, L Shevlin, G Hoey; R Finnegan, J Carr, D Byrne; P Keenan, R Carroll; D Crilly, M Brennan, A Reid; D Maguire, J McEneaney, D Clarke.

Irish Independent

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