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Seánie Johnston backs up Straffan residency claims

Meanwhile, reports this morning suggest that the wantaway forward trained with his native Cavan Gaels last night.

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CAVAN OFFICIALS ARE expected to meet the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) on Monday afternoon to discuss the latest developments in the Seánie Johnston transfer saga.

Johnston met the CCCC on Tuesday night to argue for an inter-county switch to Kildare and presented documents to support his claims that he is now permanently resident in Straffan, the Irish Independent reports.

If accepted, Johnston’s evidence would go a long way towards resolving the concerns about his eligibility for a transfer which were raised by the Cavan County Board last month

Speaking to TheScore.ie this morning, Cavan PRO Declan Woods said that the county had not yet received any official communication about a meeting in Croke Park.

Woods also questioned the suggestion that the Breffni men could have the final say on whether or not a transfer is approved.

“At the end of the day, as we’ve said repeatedly, this wasn’t a transfer request that we had the power to oversee or to grant. It’s for the governing bodies to decide.

“We’re members of the Gaelic Athletic Association and if the governing body are happy with it, we’re happy with it.”

Johnston captained Cavan’s footballers in 2011, but has found himself at the centre of a protracted transfer saga since falling out of favour with manager Val Andrews during the off-season.

At present, the CCCC is considering a club transfer request from his native Cavan Gaels to St Kevin’s in Staplestown, where he has been training in recent weeks. If granted, the transfer would pave the way for Johnston to switch allegiances to Kieran Mc Geeney’s Lilywhites.

But in a further twist, this morning’s Irish Sun reports that Johnston returned to training with Cavan Gaels last night.

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