Wednesday 18 October 2017

Martin Breheny: McGuinness hits nail on the head

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

"The tail is wagging the dog in relation to the college-county scene at present, with the imbalance very much in favour of the colleges." -- Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

He is 100pc correct. Quite why counties agreed to allow third-level colleges into their pre-season competitions remains a mystery.

Here's the daft scenario facing county managers: officially, they are not allowed to organise collective training until January 1 for a league that starts five weeks later.

Colleges generally have first call on inter-county players in January, so how is a county manager supposed to get his team ready for the league? Third-level colleges play an important role in GAA life, but they can do that without featuring in inter-county competitions as warm-ups for Sigerson and Fitzgibbon.

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