Make GAA moves easier, urges Woods

Cavan County Board secretary Declan Woods has labelled the GAA’s transfer policies as overly complicated in the wake of the Seanie Johnston saga.

When the Cavan man moved to Kildare they queried the eligibility of the move, which led to months of wrangling between Croke Park officials and the Lilywhites board.

“I wish to set the record straight and say that Cavan County Board never objected to the transfer but asked a question about his eligibility,” he wrote.

“The rest was up to the Croke Park authorities and I think we need a less complicated process.”

He highlighted that 72 players had transferred out of Cavan this year while many more emigrated, which put a massive strain on clubs’ ability to field two adult teams, and called on amalgamations to form.

“Clubs were finding it difficult to field reserve teams and I think the situation will only get worse in the next number of years. We talk about amalgamations a lot and maybe clubs should have a look at this, not just for the senior championship but to form for the foreseeable future.”


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