All star payments 'nothing new'
THE player payments that form part of the new All Star scheme won't impinge on the GAA's amateur status, according to association president Christy Cooney, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.
Speaking at the announcement of the new joint GPA/GAA player awards ceremony, Cooney stated that the payments were a continuation of the existing deal the players' body had in place and that Croke Park were happy to maintain the status quo.
Croke Park and the GPA previously hosted separate awards ceremonies but they will merge for the first time this year and, under the revised scheme, each monthly winner will receive a cheque for €1,000 while All Star winners will be given €1,500. The respective Players of the Year will be awarded €5,000.
"That's nothing new. It's the arrangement that existed that the GPA had with the players," said Cooney. "We've just cemented that in the deal for the next number of years. We're happy to do so. It's around image rights and promotion of our players and we're happy to support that.
"All players are doing their own promotional work with companies and we're all aware of that. It's a matter for the individual players."
The awards will be held in the Dublin Convention Centre on October 21 and will be broadcast live on RTE television.