Longford's Kavanagh confirms transfer to Kilmacud
LONGFORD star Brian Kavanagh's transfer to Kilmacud Crokes is set to be rubberstamped in the near future, it has been confirmed.
The paperwork that will see the sharpshooter leave his native St Patrick's club in Ardagh for the southside Dublin outfit is going through the official channels with Kavanagh hoping to line out for his new club before the championship kicks off in April.
"It's a decision I made (to transfer) over the last few months. The area I'm living in is close to the club, so I went down and met the players and Paddy Carr (Crokes manager) and was impressed with the set-up they have... They have some very good players down there with the likes of Mark Vaughan, Ray Cosgrove and others, so I'm looking forward to it.
"I hope to get to play with them in a few league matches before the championship starts and I suppose Paddy and Luke (Dempsey, Longford manager) can work something out with regards to that," the classy forward explained.
Kavanagh's early season form has been excellent and he was at the top of his game when Longford came desperately close to toppling Dublin in the O'Byrne Cup final in Parnell Park. He admits that it was a hard decision to leave his home club but adds that they have been understanding.
"It will reduce my travelling time going home. I have just got a permanent (teaching) post in Dublin and I'm very happy up here. The club understood my situation and I enjoyed playing with them. All my friends are still down there and we won an Intermediate championship in 2006 that brought us up to senior. Of course, it's hard to leave them but I've thought about it for a while now."
Inevitably, Kavanagh's transfer to the famed Dublin club has started rumours that he could soon line out for Paul Caffrey's Leinster champions, but he was keen to quash those rumours.
"I'm not leaving Longford," he insisted. "I think we're making good strides. We have been there or thereabouts for promotion over the last few years and we're a young team.
I think there is plenty more to come from us in terms of our league and championship performance. We're probably still a little inexperienced but that will come I think."
Crokes are due to play Ballyboden St Enda's in the Dublin senior football league, but it's unlikely the necessary paperwork will go through all the required channels in time.
As of yesterday, the Longford County Board said they had yet to receive any transfer request, but it was understood that the process had started at Kilmacud's end.