Overseas delegates likely to hold key to Congress football reforms
With the Central Council's championship reform proposal teetering on the two-thirds majority needed, the support of overseas delegates is likely to see it get the green light during tomorrow's Congress vote at Croke Park.
The motion, which would see an All-Ireland quarter-final round-robin series, an August finish and extra-time in all games except finals, is gaining substantial momentum with 100pc support in Connacht and two-thirds in Munster guaranteed as well as at least two-thirds in Ulster.
And with a representation similar in size and voting power to Connacht, the overseas vote could edge it over the line with the majority of delegates traditionally voting in favour of Central Council recommendations in the past.
It means the likes of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, North America, Asia, Australasia, Britain, Canada, Europe and New York are likely to be deciding the fate of competitions that they do not take part in.
Overseas county boards are traditionally less mandated than other counties and are regularly given carte blanche to vote based on the cases put forward for the motion on the day so those arguing for and against could swing it either way.
Meanwhile, the GPA, who have one vote, have been mandated by members to vote against the proposals deeming that they are "not sufficient to support the growing consensus for change among players at both county and club level and administrators and supporters."
But curiously the GPA recommendation came after the majority of counties had already voted on the matter.