Tuesday 16 January 2018

Leinster counties consider subs trial

Tohill: Finalising squad
Tohill: Finalising squad
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Counties in Leinster are to consider the introduction of interchange substitutes on an experimental basis during the O'Byrne Cup next January.

The proposals are part of a broader package that will form the Leinster Council's development plan, due out in November.

Currently, the use of interchange substitutes is at the discussion stage with counties, with the interchange proposals attracting interest and positive feedback.

Interchange substitutes are used in International Rules and now the Leinster Council want to see if the free transfer of players in and out of the action would work in Gaelic football.

It is proposed that a maximum of five players would be allowed to interchange in each half during the pre-season competition.

Leinster counties will decide if they are behind such an experiment at a meeting in November.

The concept has been formulated to give managers greater flexibility and increase the numbers they would have at their disposal. If adopted at a wider level, it could also lead to longer careers for players.

The system has worked well in the more demanding environment of the International Rules game, but there is an art to getting players on and off the field at the right time, which the Irish teams have grown accustomed to in recent years.

Meanwhile, Irish International Rules manager Anthony Tohill is expected to finalise his squad after this weekend's final series of trials.

Cork forward Daniel Goulding has expressed a strong desire to represent his country and will travel to Dublin on Friday to participate in a trial game despite being involved in a championship match with his club Eire Og over the weekend.

Irish Independent

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