The player’s view..

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The stuff the GPA sent out was like a dis­ser­ta­tion..

TYRONE full­back Ro­nan Mc­namee be­lieves the GPA should have done more to ed­u­cate play­ers on the ‘Su­per Eight’ Cham­pi­onship pro­pos­als. The GPA claimed a poll of mem­bers found 70% op­posed the pro­pos­als passed at Satur­day’s congress. “I think they could have ex­plained it all a lot bet­ter to the play­ers,” he said. “I got an e-mail and a text about it, but the stuff they sent out about the pro­pos­als was like read­ing an es­say or a dis­ser­ta­tion. “If you couldn’t be both­ered read­ing it or didn’t have time to read it, then you’d be left know­ing very lit­tle about it.” Mc­namee didn’t take part in the GPA poll, feel­ing he wasn’t well enough in­formed on the pros and cons. “It would have been bet­ter if they had or­gan­ised a meet­ing or some dis­cus­sion on it, rather than ex­pect­ing play­ers to read all the ma­te­rial. “Even if they had kept one per­son from each county in­formed, but in­stead there was very lit­tle talk about it un­til the last cou­ple of days. “It’s a big step but it will be ex­cit­ing to be part of some­thing brand new. “I’m sure any­one from a big county would agree with it. “On pa­per it looks like it would favour the stronger teams but you never know, there could be a curve ball and some of the smaller coun­ties might ben­e­fit.”

Coun­ties not get­ting in.. the gap is go­ing to be­come wider

ALTHOUGH Done­gal man­ager Rory Gal­lagher is in favour of the new sys­tem, which comes into op­er­a­tion in 2018, Mcglynn ex­plained: “They’re mak­ing de­ci­sions on be­half of the play­ers and at the same time they’re mak­ing de­ci­sions on be­half of the whole GAA com­mu­nity and I think if a con­sen­sus was taken of the GAA com­mu­nity, I don’t think it is in favour of the Su­per Eight so it is dis­ap­point­ing. “I feel that if you’re re­peat­edly get­ting into the so-called Su­per Eight you’re go­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter and the other coun­ties that aren’t get­ting into that Su­per Eight, the gap is go­ing to be­come wider.” Done­gal have reached the last eight for the past six years in suc­ces­sion. They’ve a 50% suc­cess rate when to comes to pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nal in that pe­riod. Mcglynn con­tin­ued: “In our eyes it’s an ex­tra two games and if you’re de­feated in an All-ire­land quar­ter-fi­nal, it frees up the month of Au­gust for club foot­ball. “If you’re de­feated in the first group game, in my opin­ion, if your chances are gone you’re play­ing an ex­tra game when there’s no need to. “That’s what’s been de­cided, it’s up to ev­ery­one to work with it. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how they’ll fit it all into the calendar, es­pe­cially with bring­ing the All-ire­land fi­nal three weeks for­ward and another two games.”


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