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Sunday 21 January 2018

Seanie Johnston fine-tunes preparations on 'home' turf

Seanie Johnston, St. Kevin's GAA Club, Staplestown, North Kildare, who scored five points in a 1 - 11 to 1 - 8 victory, in action Kilcock GAA Club. Photo: Sportsfile
Seanie Johnston, St. Kevin's GAA Club, Staplestown, North Kildare, who scored five points in a 1 - 11 to 1 - 8 victory, in action Kilcock GAA Club. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Seanie Johnston fine-tuned his preparations for a potential Kildare debut on Sunday with a kicking practice session at his old Cavan Gaels club on Wednesday night.

Some Cavan Gaels members were surprised to see Johnston and a friend engage in a kickabout on Terry Coyle Park, just a few hundred metres from his original homeplace.

Judging by his involvement in a training session in Hawkfield on Tuesday night and this run-out on his old home turf 24 hours later, Johnston appears to have overcome a shoulder injury, sustained in training last week, which placed a doubt about his availability for Sunday's qualifier game against Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park.

Johnston has retained links with Cavan Gaels, despite his transfer to St Kevin's in Kildare to facilitate his desire to continue playing inter-county football with the Lilywhites.

When his appeal against the Central Competitions Control Committee decision to block his transfer was upheld in late May, Cavan Gaels were among the first to wish him well.

It remains to be seen if he will play any part in Sunday's second-round qualifier. Kildare named a team without him, but he may feature among the replacements.

Irish Independent

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