This latest development does not mean the transfer automatically gets the green light however, as the Central Competitions’ Control Committee must still hold a hearing after the Cavan County Board raised concerns about the former Breffni captain’s declared permanent residence in Straffan.
The Gaels’ management committee met on Wednesday to discuss the matter, and decided to stick with its policy of not blocking any attempted transfer out of the club.
The club issued a statement on Twitter stating: “It is the policy of Cavan Gaels GAA club not to stand in the way of transfer requests from any of our players.”
When contacted, Cavan Gaels secretary, Damien Walsh was remaining tight-lipped.
“We won’t be saying anymore apart from what is on our Twitter account,” said Walsh. It is understood however, that the form has been signed and was dispatched to Croke Park yesterday afternoon. With the transfer not being supported by the Cavan board however, Johnston can expect to hear from the CCCC in the coming week as to when they will want to hold a hearing.
Johnston was dropped from the Cavan panel by manager, Val Andrews in a conversation that the player said “lasted 10 seconds”. He has since expressed a desire to play at inter-county level with Kildare but his efforts to secure an inter-county transfer while remaining a member of Cavan Gaels failed. Kildare boss, Kieran McGeeney has said he would be willing to give the 27-year-old an opportunity to impress.