Roscommon motion calls on AFL sides to pay clubs for players
Aussie Rules teams who recruit Gaelic footballers may be forced to pay thousands of euro in compensation to GAA clubs if a motion in Roscommon is successful.
The Kilglass Gaels club in Roscommon wants a rule introduced that would force Australian clubs to pay up to €20,000 to the GAA club which developed a player who heads Down Under.
Kilglass Gaels delegate Charlie Reynolds said the rule might reduce the number of young Irish players going for trials with agents like Ricky Nixon, while also compensating GAA clubs for developing the player at underage.
"Every year we are seeing more and more players called up to trials for AFL clubs. Every club has worries that their star player will be taken off to Australia, which could affect the club for ten years. Maybe if there was a financial burden on the AFL it might stop them bringing so many," said Reynolds.
Kilglass Gaels have suggested that AFL clubs should be subject to a substantial compensation payment in the region of €20,000.
"It is very tough for a clubs to recover from losing a top player or two. They are trained all the way up by the club's mentors and trainers, and for them to be taken like that is difficult to cope with. Such a loss to a community, club and county needs to be compensated," he added.
The motion will go before the Roscommon County Board convention next week.
Meanwhile, doubts have emerged about Galway's continued participation in the Leinster hurling championship after a motion to include their minor and U-21 sides met with a lukewarm response.
Officials from Galway will now meet their counterparts in Leinster to establish their stance on underage teams following their seniors into the Leinster championship.