Shane McCabe quits Portadown to resume Fermanagh GAA career

Shane McCabe
Shane McCabe moved to Portadown from Glentoran in August 2010

Shane McCabe has left Portadown after deciding to resume his intercounty GAA career with Fermanagh.

McCabe was part of the Fermanagh team which reached the 2008 Ulster Football Final but he has concentrated on his soccer commitments with Glentoran and Portadown in recent years.

However new Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan has now recalled McCabe to the Erne squad.

McCabe will be in the Erne panel for Sunday's NFL opener in London.

Fermanagh will face London in the Division 4 clash in Ruislip (1300 GMT).

The game offers the Ernemen a chance for revenge after their shock All-Ireland qualifier defeat by the Exiles last summer.

That proved John O'Neill's final game in charge but the arrival of Canavan has led to a new wave of optimism in the Erne County.

Ryan McCluskey also left his soccer duties at Dungannon Swifts to return to the Fermanagh squad.

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall was left upset by McCabe's decision to quit the club and claimed that the player was in "breach of contract".

"It is my understanding that Shane was involved in a Fermanagh GAA training camp over the weekend," McFall told the Portadown Times.

"I asked him to play against Ballymena United but he basically sent a text back saying 'no' and has confirmed he wants to return to the GAA.

"Therefore, he is in breach of contract and suspended without wages.

"He has the rest of this season and another full campaign under contract to this club and we retain his registration.

"It is a major blow given our position with injuries and suspensions on top of what is already a small squad."

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