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Merry go-round in full swing as high profile players seek move

LONDON GAA has been gripped by transfer fever, with several high-profile players the subject of potential inter-club moves.
 
Moindearg have objected to Tir Chonaills’ attempts to bring on board Galway pair Eoin O’Neill and Conor Conneely, both of whom are members of the London senior football panel.
 
Tir Chonaill Gaels, under the stewardship of new manager Timmy Connolly, are currently rebuilding for a significant year in the club’s history. This year is their 50th in existence and the Greenford outfit are keen to mark it with a first London SFC title in three years.
 
“If the two lads come in they’ll have to fight for their place just like anybody else,” said Connolly. “They’ll get their chance but they’ll have to take it when it comes. There’ll be no preferential treatment for any player, regardless of who they are.”
 
London forward Pádraig McGoldrick could also be set to switch allegiances. The County Board have received a transfer request from Heston Gaels to prise the 23-year-old Sligo native away from Tara.
 
McGoldrick, who missed London’s defeat to Carlow on Sunday due to injury, kicked 1-4 in the Exiles’ loss to Limerick in their National League opener last month.
 
Controversy surrounds the transfer of former Westmeath dual star Brian Smyth, who played for Kingdom Kerry Gaels as recently as 2010 before transferring back to his home club Killucan last year.
 
Smyth has joined the Robert Emmetts hurling club, while last year’s beaten SFC finalists Parnells ad hoped to secure his services as a footballer.
 
But that transfer is unlikely to be ratified as, under regulations, Smyth is obliged to return to the club he previously played for in London, so the ex-Lake County hurling captain is expected to play his football for the Kingdom again in 2012.
 
Smyth’s club registration must also be approved before he can line out for London, with hurling manager Eamonn Phelan and football boss Paul Coggins both keen to bring him on board.

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