GPA backs Duffy's call for rules review of testimonials
GPA chief executive Dermot Earley has echoed the sentiments of GAA Director General Paraic Duffy by calling for "protocols or criteria or rules" to be put in place around testimonial events like the one for Colm 'Gooch' Cooper that will take place in Dublin later this month.
Cooper - along with two charities as well as his county Kerry and club Dr Crokes - will benefit financially from the dinner in Dublin next month. Duffy has since insisted that the GAA need to "look at" their rules surrounding such events, with Earley suggesting they would likely become more commonplace.
The former Kildare footballer also confirmed that the Gaelic Players Association would not be supporting the event financially.
"The GPA's position is that a player can mark his retirement in any way that they see fit and that's the position that the GPA will take on it," Earley said yesterday, as the GPA announced that six inter-county players would receive scholarships to the DCU Business school.
"Whether we can financially support that, that's something we can't do. We provide financial support through our player development players for all players, so the Kerry hurler is as important to us as the Kerry footballer and the same way that Colm is entitled to avail of the programmes that we have in the GPA.
"I think that we probably may see more of these coming on board.
"The game is at the highest level it's ever been at, the profile of players is higher than it's ever been. I think we need to sit down and develop some protocols or criteria or rules around it.
"And I think that's something I'll be bringing up with the GAA."