Wednesday 25 April 2018

Fennell in club appeal

DUBLIN player Eamonn Fennell last night called on O'Toole's GAA club to let him leave for St Vincent's, WRITES LIAM KELLY.

Fennell (25), a Games Promotions Officer at Naomh Fionbarra in Cabra, has been trying since 2007 to leave O'Toole's but the club won't approve the transfer, to his frustration.

Under GAA rules, a player can't leave unless he gets clearance from his present club, and Fennell's future as a Dublin player is under threat unless his transfer goes through.

He missed practically all of last year due to an appendix operation and a series of injuries but yesterday played a key role in Dublin's 2-10 to 0-8 O'Byrne Cup win over Wexford.

Fennell played despite his anguish at the death of close friend Warren O'Connor who was murdered on Friday night, and dedicated his performance in the match to Warren's memory.

"I just want to say that my thoughts are with his family and I hope they all get through it. It was a sad loss," he said.

On the playing front, Fennell is ready to stake a claim in Pat Gilroy's Dublin team but needs O'Toole's to sanction a transfer if that is to happen.

"I just hope that they see sense because I just want to get back playing.

"The GAA is my life and for the club to stop me playing is heartbreaking," said Fennell.

Dublin manager Gilroy said the transfer situation was County Board business but he intends to include Fennell in his plans for next Sunday's O'Byrne Cup game against Meath.

Irish Independent

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