Hyland unsure of Johnston plans

by Michelle Fortune , 18 April 2012

Seanie Johnston could be offered the chance to return to the Cavan senior football squad rather than go through with his transfer to Kildare.

Johnston lodged a transfer request after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Cavan manager Val Andrews, but the forward has been blocked in his attempts to switch to Kildare.

The drawn out saga could reach a conclusion in the coming days after the Cavan County Board and Cavan Gaels reportedly gave their approval for the move, but Terry Hyland's appointment as manager could pave the way for Johnston to return to Breffni side.

Hyland's appointment was ratified on Monday night and one of the first questions put to the new manager was whether or not he would try to persuade Johnston to ditch his transfer plans.

"I haven't been speaking to Seanie about this at all. As far as Seanie's concerned, he probably is a long way down the road towards the move to Kildare," Hyland is quoted as saying in the Irish Mirror.

"He needs to go back and look at his club, play with his club and if he's playing well, we'll look at him and everybody else."

Hyland may be unsure of Johnston's future with Cavan but he is hoping to introduce a number of younger players once the Under-21 campaign draws to a close.

"There are some on the Under-21 panel that you would like to bring in and we would always be conscious of upgrading fellas when it was possible," he added.

Hyland worked alongside Andrews during his two spells in charge of Cavan and he insists he would not have gone for the position of manager had he not been encouraged to do so by the Dubliner, who resigned last week after the players voted in favour of a change of management.

"Val and I are very good friends and we would communicate a lot so from that point of view I had been talking to Val," Hyland explained.

"He said 'You've been involved in Cavan for a good few years now, you should go for the job'. That probably left it that little bit easier in fairness. Val didn't make a big deal of it one way or the other."

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