Monday 19 March 2018

McDermott backs Johnston's move to Kildare

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CLARE football manager Micheal McDermott believes that fellow Cavan man Seanie Johnston should be allowed transfer to Kildare.

"He ticks all the boxes regarding the legality of the situation and it should be down to the player's own wishes at this stage," said McDermott, who is originally from Cavan but has been living in Ennis for the past 15 years.

"Seanie is a loss to Cavan, no doubt," he added. "He's been one of their best forwards for many years, but they have plenty of young players coming through."

McDermott is no stranger to recruiting talent from outside the county and his current Clare team includes three non-native players.

One of them is Conor Talty, son for former Galway star Brian, who still plays his club football with Parnells in Dublin.

Another is Shane McGrath of Dublin club Thomas Davis, whose sister is an All-Ireland ladies football winner with Dublin. The third is Kildare's Niall Browne, who also still plays his club football with his home club (Twomilehouse).

McDermott stressed that their situation is completely different from Johnston's because all three have qualified for the Banner under the GAA's parentage rule and he makes no apologies for maximising that to the county's advantage.

"We have very limited resources in Clare and, as far as I'm concerned, anyone willing to put in the work is very welcome," he said.

"Conor is a student in Limerick IT so he is down this direction anyway and Niall and Shane travel up and down to training. In the early part of the season we did a lot of training in UL, which made it a little easier for them.

"All three of them have really bought into the ethos. They work extremely hard and they are regarded as much a part of our team as anyone else."

Irish Independent

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