Tuesday 20 March 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Recession doesn't have to mean depression for clubs

Many of our best and brightest will leave the country, but they will come back, writes Colm O'Rourke

Amidst all the carnage in the economy, the term 'bailout' has become very common and people in general are familiar now with institutions like the IMF and the ECB. However, of far bigger concern for the GAA is the bailout of players that is taking place in every single club in the country.

On these pages last week, Eamonn Sweeney gave examples from clubs of how the wreckage at national level was filtering down to the smallest clubs, in some cases threatening their existence.

The last thing I want is to be a prophet of doom, but in my view this problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. Most club players will be tempted to stick around while their club are still in the championship -- that often keeps people at home until the autumn and they are happy enough then to wait till after Christmas if they can pick up a bit of casual work. So the worst is yet to come and the results of a recent survey in Kerry probably underestimate the outflow.

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