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The name game – GAA may follow soccer lead and print names on back of jerseys

Published 16/05/2015 | 12:14

Colm Cooper in action for Kerry. The GPA are lobbying for player's names, as well as numbers, to appear on the back of jerseys.
Colm Cooper in action for Kerry. The GPA are lobbying for player's names, as well as numbers, to appear on the back of jerseys.

The Gaelic Players Association is lobbying to introduce printing names on the back of GAA stars' jerseys to increase marketing potential.

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According to The Daily Star, the GPA has admitted that while there would be certain logistical challenges, the move would boost player profiles and potentially raise revenue for both the players and the Association.

Such a move would force inter-county squads to adopt a numbers for the season and there would be the danger that injury and retirements could result in number changes more frequent than their soccer counterparts, but GPA spokesperson Sean Potts told the paper that such a move would be a "progressive step".

The move would be likely to prove successful among the younger supporters and for it to be introduced, GAA delegates would have to approve the move at its annual congress.

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