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McCormack big doubt for Longford


Sean McCormack. Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McCormack. Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McCormack. Photo: Sportsfile

Longford's top scorer Sean McCormack remains a major doubt for their Allianz NFL Division 3 final against Wexford this Saturday (7.0) at Croke Park.

The impressive McCormack has built on the form he showed in last year's championship, when he announced himself as a forward of genuine class.

But he missed the last two rounds of the Division 3 campaign and did not train with Glenn Ryan's side on Sunday after sustaining a leg injury in a club match in March.

McCormack has amassed 0-36 in the five games that he has played in the league and that scoring form will be crucial if Longford are to deliver back-to-back league titles.

Longford will definitely be without attacker David Barden, who badly damaged ankle ligaments in training on Friday. Barden turned awkwardly on his ankle, and initially those around him feared he had broken his leg.

He was removed to Mullingar hospital, but his tibia was not broken. It leaves Barden in a race against time to be ready to face Laois in the Leinster championship on May 20 at Pearse Park.

Longford have made serious progress over the last two seasons and have been helped in this campaign by the return of Michael Quinn from AFL club Essendon.

Meanwhile, the Seanie Johnston transfer saga is set to drag into a fifth month after the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) delayed making a decision on his application to switch to Kildare last night.

The committee instead opted to invite Johnston's home club Cavan Gaels to their next meeting after they raised concerns about his residency claims. That meeting is unlikely to happen until early May.

Johnston supplied an address in Straffan in a bid to throw his lot in with Kildare. The saga has been complicated further after Val Andrews stepped down as Cavan manager and his replacement Terry Hyland has refused to rule out a return to the fold for the 27-year-old attacker.

Irish Independent