Lemlin Registered User
#1

Said I'd post this on the forum rather than in the Cavan thread as Kildare/Leinster people might be interested.

From the local paper here in Cavan:

http://www.anglocelt.ie/news/roundup/articles/2011/11/23/4007898-johnston-meets-mcgeeney-as-kildare-rumours-intensify/


Seanie Johnston could be on the verge of a shock switch to Kildare, The Anglo-Celt can exclusively reveal.

It is understood that the Cavan Gaels clubman met with Lilywhites manager Kieran McGeeney the weekend before last to explore the switch.

However, a source in Kildare, who confirmed that the meeting took place, stated that it's "all up in the air" at present.

For full story, see this week's Anglo-Celt.


A number of the national newspapers, such as the Star, have also picked up on this. It'd be very hard for him to transfer however as he works in Cavan town in a secondary school and would have to be living and working in Kildare to be granted a transfer.

keane2097 Registered User
#2

The Secretary of the Cavan County Board has said they haven't been approached about a transfer at all:

http://www.hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=158317

Cavan secretary Liam McCabe has revealed that rumours over Seanie Johnston's move to Kildare are unfounded.

Speculation that the ace Cavan forward is set to transfer to the Lilywhites has grown in recent weeks, especially since it was announced that the Cavan Gaels player was axed from the county squad, in a surprising move by manager Val Andrews.

However, McCabe revealed that any such move would have to go through the proper channels and as of yet, Johnston has not requested a transfer.

"Any player who transfers must do so by rule," McCabe stressed to the Leinster Leader. "At the moment we (Cavan County Board) have not been approached about this issue."


Johnson would be a great get for Kildare as their lack of scoring forwards is their one major problem.

Brendan Murphy from Carlow who would probably be on a best in the land team is the latest player linked:

http://www.hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=158402

#3

Does Johnston live in Kildare?
If not, how exactly does he expect this transfer to be approved?

blackbelt Registered User
#4

Can't see it happening unless the Kildare County Board were to offer him a job or if he were to find other work in Kildare.Think he would be a good addition but I don't think his addition would be as impactful such as winning a Leinster or All Ireland.

keane2097 Registered User
#5

blackbelt said:
Can't see it happening unless the Kildare County Board were to offer him a job or if he were to find other work in Kildare.Think he would be a good addition but I don't think his addition would be as impactful such as winning a Leinster or All Ireland.


They were a kick of a ball away from winning a Leinster last year and he's a serious footballer.

Dublin fans seem to think they've accelerated away out of sight from every teams they can easily be seen to have been lucky to beat last year, but there's not much at all between them and Kildare.

hardybuck Registered User
#6

Kildare were again very close this year to winning something, but again no cigar. I don't want to feed a big Dublin discussion, but no only were they very fortunate to scrape past Kildare, they were very fortunate to scrape past Wexford.

Kildare are always open to the prospect of new players, and always have over the years, so I would say there is some strength to this.

What is the story with Johnston anyway - he isn't being dropped from the Cavan squad because of lack of ability anyway.

lala88 Banned
#7

If its in the Star in must be true....

Utopia Parkway Registered User
#8

Would be a bit ridiculous if it happened in fairness. One thing a lad who is not anywhere near his own county panel and is living and working away from home. Seanie Johnston is Cavan's best player (when he on the panel) and as far as I know still lives and works in Cavan. Put that through and you may as well have an open transfer system in place.

hisholinessnb Registered User
#9

keane2097 said:

I would like to think that Dublin fans seem to think they've accelerated away out of sight from every teams, just to fuel my stereotypical view of Dublin GAA fans, but I would of course be wrong


Fixed that for you.

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keane2097 Registered User
#10

hisholinessnb said:
Fixed that for you.


What's your opinion on the impact Johnson would have on Kildare's ability to win Leinster?

I'd argue that a scorer of his quality taking the pressure off John Doyle would have gotten Kildare over the line in last year's Leinster SF, and similarly that if the teams were to meet again this year it would be a very tight game with or without Johnson, who would possibly tip the scales slightly in Kildare's favour.

keane2097 Registered User
#11

hisholinessnb said:
Fixed that for you.


Blackbelt's post subscribed exactly to the attitude that other teams have regressed to well below Dublin's level I suggested was common among Dublin supporters by the way, as did a recent post he made in the Kerry thread in relation to the fairly irrelevant McGrath Cup.

Do you feel Blackbelt's comments are out of left-field compared to most other Dublin supporters?

The previous comment I referred to is quoted for you convenience.

blackbelt said:
May be another few years before Kerry win another All Ireland if they continue with this attitude.

Laois_Man Registered User
#12

keane2097 said:
What's your opinion on the impact Johnson would have on Kildare's ability to win Leinster?

I'd argue that a scorer of his quality taking the pressure off John Doyle would have gotten Kildare over the line in last year's Leinster SF, and similarly that if the teams were to meet again this year it would be a very tight game with or without Johnson, who would possibly tip the scales slightly in Kildare's favour.


I think you're forgetting the fairly significant difference on the scoreboard when Eoghan O'Gara was sent off!

hisholinessnb Registered User
#13

keane2097 said:
What's your opinion on the impact Johnson would have on Kildare's ability to win Leinster?

I'd argue that a scorer of his quality taking the pressure off John Doyle would have gotten Kildare over the line in last year's Leinster SF, and similarly that if the teams were to meet again this year it would be a very tight game with or without Johnson, who would possibly tip the scales slightly in Kildare's favour.


Any county team getting another high quality forward would be improved no doubt, but I can't see how this can happen.

Regarding the game last year, it was as close as can be. Although I would like to see if it would have been so close had Dublin not unfairly been reduced to 14 men.

I certainly would not be taking Kildare for granted next year, with or without Johnson.

Its all ifs ans pots and pans.

keane2097 Registered User
#14

Laois_Man said:
I think you're forgetting the fairly significant difference on the scoreboard when Eoghan O'Gara was sent off!


It was a tight game, Dublin were certainly the better team and deserved their win fully dodgy free or no, but Kildare's main problem has been a dearth of scoring forwards in the last few years, particularly last year with Doyle playing at midfield.

Don't forget Kildare have two All Stars coming back into the fold this year that missed the entirety of last season in Peter Kelly and Dermot Earley. Earley's return is particularly auspicious as it will give them the option of releasing John Doyle back into their forward line which makes them a different unit altogether IMO.

I wouldn't rate them as more than the kick of a ball worse than Dublin, with Johnson I think it'd be really close.

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hisholinessnb Registered User
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keane2097 said:
Blackbelt's post subscribed exactly to the attitude that other teams have regressed to well below Dublin's level I suggested was common among Dublin supporters by the way, as did a recent post he made in the Kerry thread in relation to the fairly irrelevant McGrath Cup.

Do you feel Blackbelt's comments are out of left-field compared to most other Dublin supporters?

The previous comment I referred to is quoted for you convenience.


You have posted one Dublin fans opinion on Kerry.
I was arguing against the point that you made saying Dublin fans (indicating a general perception as opposed to one persons view) think the team have "accelerated away out of sight from every teams they can easily be seen to have been lucky to beat last year".

This is simply not true. There may be a handful with this opinion, as there would in any country who just won the All Ireland, but that's it.

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