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Clubs seek end to training ban

ONLY 11 days remain until the GAA winter ban is lifted and talk of a new format on the rule is set for next year’s close-season.

Regarded as both unfair and unenforceable – as even the Gaelic Players Association now agree – it will be the last year the training ban is laid down in its current format, at least if the Central Council proposal to this year’s Congress is approved.

That will allow counties a “staggered” return to training, depending on when they exit the championship, with only the |All-Ireland finalists in football and hurling still adhering to |the January 1 embargo.

In the meantime, Roscommon are unlikely to face any sanction for an alleged breach of the training ban last week, when a senior football panel reportedly lined out against Dublin Institute of Technology in a challenge tie.

The GAA insists it only refers alleged breaches to the Central Competitions Control Committee for investigation where there’s “reliable” evidence, and that doesn’t look likely here.

McKaigue set for Derry run

FORMER Aussie Rules player Chris McKaigue is expected to appear for Derry in next month’s Power NI McKenna Cup.

After being released by the Sydneys Swans in October, McKaigue has returned home and could make a big impact |for the Oak Leaf county next summer.

Walsh handed Kennelly’s ‘17’

TOMMY Walsh will don the Sydney Swans’ number 17 jersey vacated by fellow Kerryman Tadhg Kennelly.

Walsh begins his third year in Australian Rules football next year after spending the past |two campaign in the reserves |at St Kilda, who signed up |the GAA star after Kerry’s |All-Ireland win in 2009.