THE AVAILABILITY of county players for club league games is an issue that demands urgent attention.
That's the view of outgoing County Secretary, Padraig Duffy, who highlighted the matter in his annual report which was presented to annual GAA Convention.
He said: "A number of clubs were unhappy that county panelists were not available to them for more league games during the season.
"It is a contentious issue, not just in Sligo but in several other counties too.
"As number of available players fall through emigration and work commitments away from home, clubs are under more pressue to field one or two teams every week end. "It is a matter that needs urgent attention before the playing season commences again"
Reflecting on the overall club scene in the county in 2012, the Secretary said one disappointing feature was the relatively poor attendance at the county Intermediate Championship final which was played under floodlights at Tourlestrane.
"There appears to be a number of reasons for this. They need to be examined as major fixtures under lights are considered for the future", he said.
The Secretary paid tribute to referees in a year when there were a greater number of club games than ever.
He also thanked the CCC and the County Hearings Committee.
"The County Hearings Commiteee never shirked their responsibility when hard decisions had to be taken yet their impartiality was beyond reproach", the Secetary added.