Galway football star, Shane Walsh, has been cleared by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee to play for Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin Championship, a spokesperson for the association has confirmed.
Interestingly, there was no objection from Walsh's home club, Kilkerrin-Clonberne. Their chairman, Ian Hynes, had previously stated that the club would 'fight this all the way', in reference to the transfer.
"We are going to fight this all the way," Hynes said. "We recognise that Shane has given the club loyal service, but he is such an inspirational figure for all the young players coming through. Everybody here is in shock, particularly the juvenile players because he was such to hero to them.
"We believe it is wrong that a huge club like Kilmacud Crokes are allowed to do this. We are trying to keep the GAA alive in rural Ireland. We have 70 adult members and there are 600 houses in the parish."
Shane Walsh Transfer
Shane Walsh is currently studying for a BA in Physical Education at Portobello College in Dublin, and has explained that removing the lengthy weekly commute to Galway for training and matches will help prolong his career.
However, he has also been adamant that he wishes to represent Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the future.
"That's what it's all about for me is playing the game I love, playing for as long as I can play it. This is with a view of hopefully prolonging my career," Shane Walsh said on his decision to leave his home club.