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James Kavanagh

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It was confirmed today that Ballymore have granted him a transfer. He'll be missed at both club and county level. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the maroon of galway next season

cilldaraman (Kildare) - Posts: 203 - 08/05/2013 13:51:08    1380549

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did he go to school in jarleths tuam
has he galway connections in family

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1112 - 08/05/2013 13:55:11    1380551

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He did go to school in Jarlaths alright. He was on that brilliant team of 2002 that won the Hogan Cup alongside Mike Meehan, Gary Sice, Niall Coleman etc.
I think he was actually wing back on that team.
Not quite sure what brought him to Jarlaths - whether it was family connections or just wanting to improve his football and have the chance to win a Hogan Cup.

Also don't know what his county plans are but I'm pretty sure he would walk onto the current Galway senior team. It won't happen this season and he must not be far off 30 now so he might decide to stick to club football now.
Huge addition to Milltown. they could have a good run this year

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 694 - 08/05/2013 14:18:50    1380586

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Frustratingh player most of the time. For ever brilliant moment of magic he produced he could be very ordinary for the next 5 games.

Is he really being missed in our current set up?

daytona11 (Kildare) - Posts: 3684 - 08/05/2013 14:41:20    1380610

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Yes he went to school in St. Jarlaths. He's married to a Galway girl and is living there now.

He's only 27 so there's plenty of football left in him yet.

He's going to be a huge loss for us in Ballymore but we wish him all the best.

kefan (Kildare) - Posts: 498 - 08/05/2013 17:46:25    1380741

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He's a top player. He may have been inconsistent but still regularly reached levels other Kildare players weren't. His goal against Cavan in 2008 is probably the most important goal Kildare scored under McGeeney. And let's not forget he class of that goal against Meath, the unbelievable point towards the end of normal time against Donegal, the free against Monaghan from the outside of his boot from the wrong side of the pitch when Johnny had missed a few from that side of the field, that lovely inside pass against Cavan last year in the build up to Conway's goal... the guy is a class act. He would definitely be in the team now for me. Plus his breakthrough to our senior team and his performance and achievements at U21 level were every bit as impressive as some of the players we're getting excited about now. Supporters need to remember that when building up these younger lads.

As for Galway, I don't think he'll transfer counties but if he does I wouldn't begrudge him any of it. He owes Kildare nothing and the spirit of the GAA transfer rules are written for this exact type of scenario. He has more than earned the right to go if he wants. Best of luck to him whatever happens.

doublehop (Kildare) - Posts: 4172 - 08/05/2013 19:06:07    1380794

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Good post doublehop, same as that my self

Cuhullain (Kildare) - Posts: 209 - 08/05/2013 20:05:19    1380822

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Who has taken his place on the starting 15 doublehop?

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2920 - 12/05/2013 20:55:31    1382722

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Johnny Doyle has moved back to the full forward line indirectly replacing Kavanagh.

I think Smith will start in the championship too going on his form against Ballymore last night (other position up for grabs). Ballymore will be battling relegation without Kavanagh. They really struggled last night and Sarsfields could have won by more if they wanted.

beir_bua (Kildare) - Posts: 746 - 12/05/2013 21:56:31    1382781

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I would be very curious to see how he would get on in a Galway setup. I think he is a class act and not given the credit he deserves. It would be interesting to see him in a forward line that isn't under the same stigma of wide kicking and ridicule that Kildares forwards have to deal with psychologically.

Daith (Kildare) - Posts: 1101 - 13/05/2013 10:46:27    1382850

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