This follows news that the GAA’s Central Council approved at the weekend the county’s request to become eligible for the scheme which allows players to declare for the home county of their parents.
David O’Connor, who plays with St Brigid’s in Dublin, former Kildare junior captain Niall Browne from Two Mile House, and Adrian Cahill, who won a Kildare SFC medal with Celbridge in 2008, have all declared their interest in lining out with the Banner.
The request for Clare to be allowed to adopt the parentage rule was due to be discussed at December’s meeting of the Central Council, but the postponement of that meeting due to adverse weather conditions meant it was not until last Saturday that the issue finally got the green light.
The three players must now make individual written requests to Croke Park, similar to that which would be made by a player seeking a club transfer, in order to rubber stamp their moves. It is understood those requests were to be drafted yesterday afternoon and it is hoped the paperwork will be finalised in time for this weekend’s game. The availability of the trio would boost Clare after opening the season brightly with McGrath Cup victories over third-level outfits UCC and CIT in recent weeks.
The parentage scheme was first introduced by the GAA at national level in the early 90’s, with Leitrim one of the biggest beneficiaries through the impact made by Dublin-born duo Declan Darcy and Jason Ward for the Connacht county.
Last season Dublin underage stars John Coughlan and Gareth ‘Nesty’ Smith both availed of the ruling to transfer their allegiances.
St Sylvester’s midfielder Coughlan joined Tom Cribben’s Offaly squad while St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh attacker Smith linked up with the Cavan senior football panel.