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Gleeson: If you're getting paid, you could go training and wander around because 'it doesn't matter, I'm getting paid anyway'

 

Littlewoods Ireland today launched the GAA Go Games Provincial Days with their ambassadors; former All Ireland Champion with Cork Anna Geary and Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson (pictured). Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Littlewoods Ireland today launched the GAA Go Games Provincial Days with their ambassadors; former All Ireland Champion with Cork Anna Geary and Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson (pictured). Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Waterford star Austin Gleeson doesn't want to see payments made to players, insisting it would "take away from the love of the game."

A report entitled 'Towards 2034 - the 150th anniversary of the GAA', has proposed the payment of an agreed allowance to players, in place of the current expenses system. However, Gleeson isn't in favour of the proposal.

"I don't think at all it should happen. The reason everyone loves hurling is it's amateurs playing an amateur sport.

"It's something that I don't think should happen. It would take away from the love of the game," the Déise talisman said. "If you're getting paid, you could go training and wander around because 'it doesn't matter, I'm getting paid anyway'. I don't think it should come in.

"Every team gets their expenses. There are (Waterford) lads up in Dublin who get their expenses and everything is put in place food-wise after training.

"They get their championship gear, you get free physio if you need it. There are doctors there if you need doctors so there are always little allowances there for you.

"Look at the way soccer has gone - there are players sitting on benches now going just because the money is there. They don't really care if they play or not."

According to Gleeson, it would be the wrong move for future generations: "I don't think that's the way the GAA would go; I just think it would take away from the love of the game if you end up getting paid."

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