Dublin midfielder Eamon Fennell has finally been granted a transfer to St Vincent's, WRITES COLM KEYS.
The long-running saga finally came to an end when the Dublin County Board overturned a management recommendation that sought to block Fennell from moving from his original club, O'Tooles.
New Dublin chairman Andy Kettle confirmed last night that management recommended the transfer should not be granted, but the board vote went in Fennell's favour by a "sizeable majority".
"It's quite a U-turn on last year when management recommended approval of the transfer but the board voted against it," said Kettle. Fennell has been looking to get away from O'Tooles for the last four seasons and made an impassioned plea to management last Thursday night.
His struggle to move raised his profile when his refusal to play for O'Tooles, after they rejected his transfer request, forced him out of the Dublin squad in 2009.
O'Tooles relented in 2010, but the prospect of blocking his Dublin involvement if he refused to play once again for O'Tooles was looming ahead of last night's approval.
Fennell took his case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) last year after then Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington used his casting vote on a split board decision to oppose a management recommendation to allow him to move. The DRA sent the case back to Dublin but a second vote was lost heavily.
Fennell has repeatedly expressed his frustration at the impasse, which he felt has stalled his football development.