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Cavan boss keeping 'open mind' about potential Seanie Johnston return

There is strong speculation that the forward is preparing to apply to transfer from Kildare.

Seanie Johnston
Seanie Johnston
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

CAVAN MANAGER TERRY Hyland insists he has ‘an open mind’ about the potential prospect of Seanie Johnston returing to the Breffni County panel at a future juncture.

There is strong speculation that Johnston is set to apply for a transfer in the coming months to return to his native Cavan Gaels from Kildare club St Kevin’s.

The forward’s move to the Lilywhites generated huge controversy last year but he has failed to pin down a starting place in their line-up.

Johnston has not started a senior football championship game for Kildare in the past two years and only came on as a substitute in their loss to Tyrone in the qualifiers last Saturday week in Newbridge.

His home county Cavan have been enjoying a superb championship run with last Saturday’s win over London in Croke Park setting up an All-Ireland quarter-final clash against Kerry next Sunday.

But Hyland has admitted that he is keeping ‘an open mind’ on the affair.

“If Seanie comes back and plays with his club and he’s playing well, I have an open mind. If you’re playing good football with your club, that’s the way we look at everybody and then you see where you are then.

“I know only about what I read in the paper. I haven’t properly spoken to Seanie in six months so I don’t know. There always seems to be speculation surrounding Seanie at this time of year.”

Cavan boss Terry Hyland
Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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