Donegal County Board will be looking into the background where a Naomh Padraig Lifford player got a transfer to play in county Tyrone, without the agreement of his club or county board.
The meeting heard the player had turned out for the Tyrone club last Sunday. And county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh told the meeting that the player may have played “illegally”.
The meeting also heard that this issue was “making a mockery of the transfer system in Donegal” and could “open the floodgates” where talented young players were “being tapped up”.
Lifford delegate Brian McKinney said one of their talented players had put a transfer request into the County Board in April but nothing happened as it was not signed by either the Lifford club or county secretary O’Fearraigh.
“We thought it was all over at that stage but we since found out that the player was transferred by the Ulster Council on July 8.
“This came back to us from the county board but we had never sanctioned it.
“This player made his debut in the senior championship in Tyrone.
“We have lost a very talented young player and his brother is also looking to go.
“Our club is totally opposed to this.
“We did not sign it and to the best of my knowledge the county secretary did not sign off on it.
“It is making a mockery of the transfer system here in Donegal” he said.
He added that he hoped Donegal’s Ulster Council delegates could shed some light on the matter.
Donegal county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh confirmed that the application for a transfer had not been signed by him.
“It had not been signed by the Lifford secretary or myself so the transfer should not have gone ahead.
“We will be following it up and we will revert back to you”.
Ulster Council delegate Pat Conaghan said the matter had come before the Council.
The delegate said transfers for two brothers had came through the Council’s last CCC meeting.
“There comes about 40 transfers through the CCC every month and there is a policy I think where a club does not sign it and if it is in order, it goes through.
“The player had official documentation, would it be government documentation, that he was resident in county Tyrone.
“That fellow’s transfer went through and the other fellow’s did not because he did not have documentation.”
The delegate said he would bring the matter up with the Ulster Council CCC.
County Secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh pointed out that the Ulster Council insist that any transfer applications are signed by the county and club secretaries.
County chairman Sean Dunnion said there seemed to be a “serious error” made in this “particular one”.
“There is obviously a breakdown in the system and it will be followed up in the next couple of days,” said the chairman.