Geraghty ready for Meath return pending committee ruling

GRAHAM GERAGHTY is in line for a sensational return to the Meath football team this summer — ending talk of an inter-county transfer.

In a moment of high emotion Geraghty claimed at the weekend that there was “no point in playing for a county that doesn’t want me”.

And, in a move that would break boss Sean Boylan’s heart, the 1999 All-Ireland winning skipper claimed he would even be open and favourable to an inter-county transfer.

“It’s something I’ve definitely thought about and something I may move on,” claimed Geraghty.

“You could say I’ve had preliminary talks about it.”

However, the decision taken at Monday night’s county board meeting to convene a Special Investigations Committee (SIC) to allow him a right of reply to the 48-week ban handed down to him last year is a new twist to the long-running saga.

Geraghty was sent off in a club game for Seneschalstown against Ballivor on August 5 last year after two bookable offences.

It was events after the game that had lasting implications when he was banned for 48 weeks for allegedly jostling and verbally abusing Dunshaughlin referee Jim Smith.

A disciplinary hearing was called, for which Geraghty never turned up, and he was hit with the mammoth sentence.

Geraghty claimed all along that he was not informed of the meeting.

At Monday’s county board meeting in Navan, nine months after the suspension was handed down, Seneschalstown delegate Sean Mahon read out a letter in which the club accepted the responsibility for Geraghty’s failure to turn up.

It is understood a communications failure involving Geraghty’s mobile phone was at the root of the problem but the club accepted full responsibility for the cock-up.

As things stand, Geraghty cannot play again until after the championship but he is training on his own and keeping fit.

The situation has left a deep scar on him, prompting him to threaten to transfer his inter-county allegiances.

He may yet line out for Meath this year though if, as he claims, he was punished too severely and the SIC, who are expected to meet in the coming weeks, rule in his favour.

Geraghty’s last game for Meath was against Fermanagh in Clones last July when they were surprisingly defeated in the qualifiers.

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