Tuesday 12 December 2017

The players' view

"It's very difficult to plan anything due to the uncertainty with fixtures. They change so much you cannot make plans to go anywhere or do anything."

"Club players are treated with disdain. Consistently having 12 to 14 weeks of inactivity in summer followed by a flurry of games is unacceptable."

"The ridiculous practice of not allowing county players play club games within nine days of a county game must stop."

"The 'off' season in November/ December is a joke. All teams train anyway but we have to do it out of our own pockets because we're not meant to be training. I'm travelling an hour plus to training three times a week. I can't afford the petrol."

"County players end up being pulled from pillar to post and playing club championship games while tired or injured."

"Pretending that everything is okay because we can fill Croke Park on All-Ireland final days will not mask the chaos and anger at club level.

Players are now better educated than ever and incompetent administration will ultimately see players leave the GAA."

"I wish the GAA had my schedule. I am Sigerson training Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and expected to do my weights for county Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday as well as club training. BURNOUT. . ."

(Identities kept confidential)

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