Farrell left cold by training ban
Dessie Farrell has questioned the merits of the GAA's annual winter training ban just days before it is due to come into effect. The CEO of the GPA believes that it is out of kilter with the appetite that exists amongst players, managers and supporters for their team to be successful and he also doubts the point of trying to enforce it over the coming months.
The ban is set for an overhaul next year, with a more flexible, staggered system expected to be introduced. Although the finer details are due to be discussed at the next Central Council meeting in November, as the ban is written into the GAA's Official Guide any proposed change will have to go before Congress next year, meaning it could not come into effect until 2012.
"Some counties will try to enforce it and others will turn a blind eye," said Farrell. "That's a lifelong issue in the GAA. How can you make everyone accountable for what's written down in the guide? I'd question the merits of enforcing it when everyone knows it's going to change."
Last year it was reported that the ban was being widely flouted and the Cavan senior footballers were accused of conducting collective training last December. However, they escaped sanction after an investigation. Farrell is in favour of the ban in principle but he thinks that it needs to be implemented correctly.
"It makes sense to do it, but at the right time; recovery is important and rehab is necessary because players get knocks and bangs and need to sort them out and they need a break mentally.
"The principle of it stands up, but how it was actually set up was at odds with what people would want in that situation. People weren't doing it. We've been advocating to change it to that sort of rolling closed season where it comes into effect when a team gets knocked out of the championship."
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