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Galvin blasts reports of a high-profile club switch to Dublin giants

PAUL Galvin has dismissed claims that he is planning to join a Dublin club this year. Media reports yesterday suggested that he was scouting for a club in Dublin -- with St Vincent's priced as favourites to acquire his services -- but Galvin said last night that he would definitely be remaining with his home club, Finuge.

"It's the story of my life -- just some unfounded story. I want to put it to rest -- it's completely untrue. I have no notion of leaving my club for any club in Dublin or anywhere else for that matter," he said.

Galvin's enrolment for a fashion course at Dublin Institute of Technology fuelled speculation that he would join a Dublin club.

But he has now made it clear that his future lies with Finuge. He's also committed to Kerry as they embark on a new campaign, after missing much of last year's championship due to suspension arising from an incident in the Munster semi-final replay with Cork.

Players moving from country clubs to Dublin is currently a big topic among the GAA grassroots and Timahoe in Laois hit out yesterday at the trend following the move of their county star Brendan Quigley to Fingallians in Swords.

Quigley is the fifth prominent Laois player to transfer to a Dublin club in the past year. The O'Moore County club said they had agreed to his transfer request because they "don't want to stand in the way of a player from earning a livelihood".

"This trend of top players moving from rural clubs to the Dublin area needs to be seriously addressed by the GAA hierarchy," they said. "To maintain the traditions of rural communities and their GAA clubs, the GAA would be better advised to raise this as a priority on their agenda, rather than focusing on fantasies such as winter player training bans."

Irish Independent