Lilywhites star Doyle unfazed by protracted Johnston transfer

As St Kevin’s await to hear from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) about Seánie Johnston’s transfer application, Kildare’s Johnny Doyle says he’s surprised about the controversy it has created.

St Kevin’s vice-chairman John Noone was hoping to receive correspondence from the CCCC arising from their meeting yesterday.

Doyle can’t understand why Johnston’s switch has taken so long and the stir it has developed.

“The GAA is a big deal, everyone wants to talk about it. Everyone has some [opinion]. It’ll be something else next week.

“Personally, I don’t see the hustle and bustle that it brings. It’s not the first player to move, for whatever reason. Obviously, there’s rules there and if you abide by them, you’re allowed to transfer and if you don’t, you’re not.

“I can’t see any grey area there. But with the GAA there’s a lot of grey areas seemingly, so that’s where it’s at.”

Doyle insists the Kildare players aren’t distracted by the matter, although players such as Ronan Sweeney and Emmet Bolton have tweeted about it. During The Sunday Game, when Johnston’s transfer was criticised by pundits, the team’s physical trainer Julie Davis wrote on the social network forum that “people shouldn’t comment on things they know nothing about”.

She later remarked, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, something which might have been directed at Colm Parkinson, who was a pundit on the RTÉ programme and moved clubs from Portlaoise to Dublin outfit Parnells a few years ago.

Parkinson yesterday tweeted: “Anyone comparing my transfer to Parnells to Johnsons transfer are idiots, I LIVED and WORKED in dublin for 5 YEARS 15 mins from their pitch.”

Doyle is not distracted by the hullabaloo and says he is fully focused on their Leinster SFC quarter-final against Offaly on June 17.

“It didn’t affect me. I had to go and train. It didn’t affect any of the other lads. It was something going on outside of what we were to do. Seánie is being linked the whole time with Kildare but we just have to keep doing our business.

“At the end of the day, when you cross the white line it doesn’t matter what you’re doing — you have to produce the goods on the day. That’s where we’re at.”

As Johnston continues to train with Kildare, he has already been indoctrinated in the Kildare set-up.

“Any man that comes in to our set-up and is involved no matter what part of the county he’s from or where he’s from, is seen as being treated the same as everyone else. That’s the way it should be.”

Doyle is enthused about what Johnston will bring to the Kildare team if and when he plays for the county.

“I’ve only seen him with Cavan. As you say, he’s a scorer and a fantastic footballer. You just don’t know, today you can be on top of your game and tomorrow it can all fall down around you. Nobody knows. Everybody knows he’s a good footballer so we’ll see what the future brings.”


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