Trans­fer headache for County Board

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WICK­LOW GAA have once again been landed with a headache or sort­ing out which West Wick­low club a player should play for.

Ro­nan Doyle wants to play for Blesss­ing­ton GAA Club as he has done since he was eight years old, but neigh­bour­ing Lacken are op­posed to that.

From Car­rig, out­side Bless­ing­ton town, Ro­nan Doyle re­sides in the catch­ment area of the tiny Lacken Club who have a prob­lem with Ro­nan play­ing with Bless­ing­ton as he has done at un­der­age level.

Ro­nan’s fa­ther William Doyle has writ­ten to the top GAA of­fi­cials in the county to sort the mat­ter out or else Wick­low could end up los­ing a player of con­sid­er­able foot­ball tal­ent al­to­gether.

William Doyle says that his son has al­ways played for Bless­ing­ton and is de­voted to that club. ’Ro­nan has no de­sire to play for the Lacken Club’ he says.

And he warns that if no so­lu­tion is found to what he de­scribes as a petty lit­tle prob­lem, Kil­dare GAA has ar­ranged for Ro­nan to play for Kil­dare.

’Ro­nan, who is now at­tend­ing Water­ford Col­lege and plays GAA with the col­lege, has won sports­man of the year for his school in Naas in suc­ces­sive years and it would be a ter­ri­ble step back­ward for Wick­low GAA to lose him,’ de­clares his proud fa­ther William. Ro­nan’s older brother Paul is a GAA ref­eree.

County sec­re­tary Michael Mur­phy said that Ro­nan Doyle is a Lacken player and he got per­mis­sion on a yearly ba­sis to play with Bless­ing­ton at un­der­age level. He never was a Bless­ing­ton player and just got per­mis­sion to play with them at un­der­age. It hap­pens with many clubs and it does not make him a Bless­ing­ton player. Once 17 and an adult Ro­nan au­to­mat­i­cally re­turns to Lacken and from then on plays his foot­ball with his home club. That’s the way the rules work.

’We have the same sit­u­a­tion with Glenealy play­ers play­ing foot­ball with Rath­new, and Rath­new play­ers play­ing hurl­ing with Glenealy, and Barn­dar­rig play­ing with St. Pa­trick’s when they have no team of their own,’ he said.

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