Saturday 24 February 2018

London vent anger at HQ

LONDON football manager Noel Dunning has slammed Croke Park over their handling of Westmeath native Brian Smyth's transfer to the Exiles, WRITES Donnchadh Boyle.

Dunning selected Smyth, a Lake County hurler, for London's NFL clash with Leitrim on March 21 believing he was eligible to play after a successful transfer application, and claimed Croke Park had failed to contact them with news of a query from Smyth's home football club, Killucan.

"Croke Park emailed us on March 11 to say that Brian would be transferred under the 10-day rule on March 18 provided there was no objection. They were since emailed twice to ask if there was any problem and when we got no reply, we took it there was no problem and it was only then we played him," fumed Dunning.

County board chairman Tommy Harrell, secretary Johnny Molloy and Smyth were hit with proposed 48-week bans and they travel to Croke Park for an appeal tonight.

"There's no way we would jeopardise the player's season or that of the chairman and secretary in this way. It makes no sense that they have these bans on the back of what was a procedural error on their part."

Alan Smith is likely to make his first appearance of the year for Kildare in their final league outing against Meath on Sunday.

The Sarsfields man was one of the stars of Kildare's march to the last eight of the All-Ireland in 2009 but dropped out of the panel early this year for personal reasons, before returning last month.

The O'Hanrahan's club from Carlow have called a club meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of dropping out of the senior league competition after suffering a county record 53-point hammering at home to Palatine last Saturday.

AFL legend Jim Stynes, meanwhile, is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery to remove tumours as part of his ongoing treatment for cancer. Stynes played in 244 consecutive games for Melbourne during his AFL career, which still stands as a league record today.

Irish Independent

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