CCCC hear Johnston case

Seanie Johnston has met with the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) in relation to his proposed transfer from his native Cavan to Kildare.

Seanie Johnston has met with the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) in relation to his proposed transfer from his native Cavan to Kildare.

Johnston was quizzed by CCCC members on Tuesday night about his permanent residency, and presented documentation as evidence to outline that he is now domiciled in Straffan, Couty Kildare.

Utility bills for Johnston's Kildare address and a tenancy contract with his landlord were among the documents examined by members of the CCCC panel.

It is understood that the CCCC have now returned the case to the Cavan County Board executive as they first raised an issue with the 27-year-old's proposed transfer and not his club Cavan Gaels.

Johnston's application seeks that he be allowed transfer from the Cavan town outfit to the St. Kevin's club in Kildare.

Cavan GAA PRO Declan Woods has previously stated that Cavan would not attempt to deny Johnston his transfer should he be able to legitimately prove his residency in Straffan.

However, Woods subsequently outlined that the Breffni County's role in this particular case is finished and that the CCCC are now the ultimate decision makers.

"As far as we are concerned, we have no further role in the control of Sean Johnston's transfer," he told the Irish News.

"Contrary to reports, we never even had to sign the transfer. The transfer form came to the Cavan County Board signed by the player, the Kildare County Board and the St Kevin's club.

"A two-line note was attached which stated that, unless we had an objection, the transfer would go through automatically within 10 days.

"When we saw the transfer application, it was the first time it had been presented to us that the player wasn't living in Cavan. As far as we all knew, he worked in Cavan and he lived in Cavan.

"As a result of that, we felt it would be wrong of us not to question that. We didn't look for proof, but we don't need to look for proof because we are not the governing body of inter-county transfers.

"We simply informed Croke Park that we had an issue in relation to his permanent residency in Kildare.

"We would contend that our role is now over. Our feeling is that it is now a matter for Croke Park. If Croke Park is satisfied, then we have no difficulty whatsoever. Because, if Croke Park is satisfied, then we feel it is under rule and everything is in order.

"We have no axe to grind. It's not up to us to counter-prove anything, if the governing body is satisfied then we have no issue."

In a further twist it is understood that Johnston attended training last night at the Cavan Gaels club.

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