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Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN boss Jim Gavin is a big fan of Friday night football - but only on the proviso that his players aren't out of pocket.

The GAA's groundbreaking move to fix the SFC qualifier between Carlow and Laois for Friday night week has already attracted the ire of some disgruntled players, while the GPA is in communication with both county squads to assess their stance on the matter.

Against this backdrop, Gavin today described it as a "good initiative" but also argued: "The GAA has compensated players who travelled to Australia to represent the country in the Compromise Rules, so it's no different in this case. If we expect players to take a half-day off work on a Friday to play a game on a Friday evening, they need to be compensated.

"And I don't think it's good enough for people to say that players can work until five or half-five and get on a bus and travel to a venue. Travelling has to be allowed for."

Dublin tried unsuccessfully to rearrange their NFL clash with Kildare for a Friday night last March.

"We thought it would work but for some counties, if they have to travel, it doesn't work," said Gavin.

He stressed that the GAA is an amateur sport whose participants are "all volunteers" and such fixtures must suit both counties.

Gavin also confirmed that Kevin McManaman is fit ahead of the Leinster Fottball semi-final clash with Kildare on Sunday week, while Alan Brogan still has some way to go.


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