Tuesday night could be a crucial turning point for Dublin footballer Eamon Fennell in his long battle to have a transfer reaches yet another crossroads.
The player made his latest appeal to be allowed to move clubs to the county’s management committee last Thursday. His fate now rests on their recommendation, and the decision of tonight’s county committee meeting, which is the last course of appeal open to Fennell in his four-year transfer battle. The Dublin midfielder’s attempts to leave O’Tooles and join St Vincent’s have been repeatedly denied.
Last year the issue was dealt with by the county board when a split vote meant his fate was decided by the casting vote of then Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington. Fennell then took a case all the way to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), which decided that proper procedures weren’t followed in Dublin. The DRA referred it back to Dublin but when a second vote was taken it was a massive victory for O’Tooles. Fennell is now appealing that decision.
During the process, Fennell has refused to play for O’Tooles but Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has continued to select the player. However, the footballer and management are both realistic and acknowledge that it will be difficult for Fennell to continue to operate at inter county level if he is not playing regular club football.