Central Competitions Control Committee secretary Patrick Doherty has confirmed that Seanie Johnston’s transfer from Cavan Gaels to St Kevin’s was decided under the old rule as it was submitted before the annual Congress, writes Ruth Chambers.
However, it is not clear if Johnston is yet eligible to line out for the Lilies because of the fact that the London County Board brought forward their championship in order to ensure their players were eligible to play for the exiles in the Connacht Championship, after a ruling from the Ard Chomhairle. This was despite the fact that their transfer requests were too submitted before Congress.
The Leinster Leader has learned that the Kildare County Board have been asked to write to the Ard Chomhairle to look for a ruling on the matter. Ard Chomhairle are due to meet this Saturday.
Johnston made his debut for his new club St Kevin’s last Sunday and scored five points against Kilcock in the SFL encounter.
Meanwhile, Kildare will get their Leinster Senior Football Championship under way on Sunday when they meet Offaly in the quarter finals in Portlaoise.
Sarsfields’ Gary White is the main injury concern for Kieran McGeeney, while Daryl Flynn is also a doubt.
Selector Niall Carew this week hinted that some ‘big players’ may be left out of the team and changes in personnel are expected in the middle of the field and in attack.
The opposition, under the guidance of Rhode’s Tom Coffey, will be without the service of former Laois player Mark Dunne, while the manager has confirmed that ace foreward Niall McNamee will not be returning for the quarter final clash.
Meanwhile The winners of the Leinster Leader/Leinster Council competition for tickets for Sunday’s game are Audrey Murray, Newbridge, Michael Kane, Naas and Brendan Kelly, Sallins.