Saturday 17 February 2018

Kildare insist training schedule within rules

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The senior footballers of Kildare will press ahead with their rigorous training schedule this week despite suggestions that they were breaking GAA protocol.

With the club championship planned for the weekend after next, it was claimed that Kildare's extensive training plans this weekend were at odds with rule 6.23 (b) which "provides that senior inter-county panels shall not be permitted to go on training weekends or training of longer duration after the final of their respective National League having been played, except during the 13 days prior to a senior championship game (20 days in the case of an All-Ireland final)."

Kildare will train at Johnstown House until Sunday but selector Niall Carew insisted they were playing within the rules and had chosen the venue so that travel and cost would be minimised.

"We weren't aware of any opposition to our training schedule," he said. "We're training on Friday, twice on Saturday and again Sunday. We train four or five times a week in one way or another and this week will be no different except that we will do it in Johnstown, where there are excellent facilities.

"I'm sure every other county team trains the same amount as we do. And the players will go back to the clubs for the championship.

"It's an important part of our training schedule. We looked about going abroad for a camp at some stage this year but decided to keep it within the county. It's not new, it's something we've done for the last two years."

The Mayo footballers cancelled a trip to Portugal last year when they were informed that plans to spend five days in Brown's resort in Vilamoura were outside regulations.

Kieran McGeeney's side open their Leinster championship campaign against Wicklow on May 22. County chairman John McMahon was unavailable for comment last night.

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