The protracted transfer of Laois hurler Will Young from Rosenallis to Clonaslee St Manman’s took another twist on Monday night after it was ratified by club delegates.
Rosenallis had objected to the transfer as they felt the full facts of the case had not yet been established, and their delegate to Monday night’s meeting, Mick Lennon, asked those in attendance to refuse the transfer as it was “a mis-application of the rule of permanent residency.”
The player had provided a letter from his school, Clonaslee VS, which stated that he had moved address, and Clonaslee St Manman’s delegate and chairman Jody Conway informed the meeting he was living in new accomodation. “Will Young is now living in Clonaslee, he rented a house in Castlecuffe with his brother a hundred yards down the road from my own house.”
Mick Lennon countered that he was not eligible at the time of application. “The transfer declaration is when you make the applicaton, not now.”
Lennon also claimed that the player himself had requested the letter from the school, and asked the delegates in attendance to take action against the transfer. “Given the weight of evidence, we would ask the clubs of Laois to reject the transfer, or delay it until the full facts of the case can be established.”
Lennon also felt the rules of the GAA needed to be implemented in this case. “All we are asking is to implement the rules of the Association, if we have this then we have no order in the Association. The club are very annoyed.”
County Board chairman Brian Allen put the motion to the floor that the transfer either be approved or delayed, but Rosenallis did not get the required support to block the move, as it was defeated by 14 votes to five.
Mick Lennon said his club accepted the decision of the delegates, but intimated that they would continue to fight the decision.
Young has not played for Rosenallis in the last few years, and Jody Conway said he is unlikely to so this year either.