Opinion Eugene McGee

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Players must have last word on who they line out for

WHo has control over GAA players? Does some unit of the Association actually have ownership of the players? Have players the final decision on what teams they play for or when – within the current rules of the GAA regarding membership, that is?

I am talking about the freedom of players to be allowed play for any team – club, county or college – that a player is eligible to play for and for which the relevant team management selects them.

This might seem a no-brainer to most people in the Association who would assume that if you are involved with a team and are obeying the rules regarding training, fitness and so on, it should be perfectly normal that you would be available for selection for the particular teams you are affiliated to.

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