CCCC decision on Johnson transfer due today

CCCC decision on Johnson transfer due today

The long-running saga in relation to the transfer of former Cavan senior footballer Sean Johnston from Cavan Gaels to the St Kevin's club in Kildare is expected to come to an end today.

A decision from the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee on the matter is due to be released.

Johnston has had his previous requests for a transfer denied, with the most recent decision that he had failed to prove a change of residence from Cavan town to Straffan in Kildare.

Both the Cavan Gaels club and the Cavan County Board are opposed to Johnston's move.

Despite Johnston's last request being rejected because he had failed to prove residency, the current transfer may not yet be approved if he has established that he is living in the north Kildare village.

This is because the CCCC may establish that Johnston's move is one of convenience for football purposes rather than necessity. Johnston is currently teaching in Cavan town.

The urgency regarding Johnston's transfer comes in the wake of a new rule being introduced at GAA Congress last month which stipulates that any player looking to transfer to another county for the purposes of inter-county football must have played with their new club in that county's Championship.

St. Kevin's are fixed to face St Mary's from Leixlip in the opening round of the Kildare Championship this weekend, and Johnston needs to play in this game if he is to put himself in with a chance of being involved with the Kildare squad this summer.

Sources in Croke Park confirmed last night that a final decision on Johnston's case is due today.

Should Johnston fail to win his case, an appeals route is still open to him. The school teacher could also take his case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), the independent arbitration body of the GAA.

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