Pic: These are the 16 scary demands players for Dublin GAA side will be required to follow or they'll be axed
GAA commentators and analysts have been criticising the level of sacrifices needed to play inter-county and club football and hurling throughout the country.
According to a document leaked on Twitter by journalist Ewan McKenna, players hoping to play senior football for Dublin club St Brigid's will have to sign up to a contract for their 2017 campaign.
Remember a time when GAA used to be fun, not farcical? Me too! Have a read of this from St Brigid's and try and keep your jaw from dropping. pic.twitter.com/Up4fHbCesF— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) January 9, 2017
Some of the points of the contract are quite understandable but others will certainly raise eyebrows.
The contract states that players must abide by the 16 rules set out in the contract of they will be removed from the senior panel.
Here are the rules in full:
- I will respond to all notifications on Teamer.
- I will come to all games and training on time.
- I will tog out in the dressing room beforehand and go back to it afterwards.
- I will notify my coach in advance if I cannot attend training or team-related activities.
- All holidays must be agreed in advance with management and only taken during breaks in the season.
- All team events are compulsory unless agreed in advance with management.
- I will be available for all league games, unless agreed in advance with management.
- I will attend all club matches (whether I am playing or not) unless I have the prior permission of management.
- I will give 100% at each and every training session.
- I will make all sacrifices required to make St Brigid's, my team and myself succeed.
- I will congratulate my teammates chosen on match days, if I am not in the starting team I will encourage them on the pitch and be ready to give my all for the team if called upon.
- I agree to play for whichever Brigid's team I am asked to line out for.
- I will go into clubhouse with my teammates after every game.
- I will wear my Brigid's training gear to all sessions and full tracksuit to all matches.
- I will be rostered to help out with the Brigid's Academy.
- I will bring a positive attitude and influence to the group.
- I will give every last bit of effort for this team while enjoying it and we will have the craic along the way!!!
Long-standing critic of the burden placed on modern GAA players Joe Brolly simply replied to the tweet with the message: 'Sweet Mother
@EwanMacKenna sweet mother— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) January 9, 2017
Modern Pentathlete and Rio Olympian Natalya Coyle was also shocked by the contents of the contract.
I don't think you would find any professional athlete signing up to this!— Natalya Coyle (@Natalyacoyle) January 9, 2017
In the end it will push more people out of the game then into it. https://t.co/On10Yp6wyu