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Saturday 3 December 2016

Bernard Brogan: 'Making the season shorter is an absolute no-brainer'

Dublin players, including Bernard Brogan, pictured, were at AIG Insurance’s offices in Dublin today for a reception to mark their GAA Football All-Ireland Championship success
Dublin players, including Bernard Brogan, pictured, were at AIG Insurance’s offices in Dublin today for a reception to mark their GAA Football All-Ireland Championship success

Dublin teammates Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan have both backed the GPA's blueprint for a new inter-county football season.

The players aren't au fait with the finer details, but the Sky Blue duo were both adamant that the inter-county season is stretched out too far, to the detriment of clubs.

Crucially, while the GPA proposals (incorporating league, provincial championships and an All-Ireland series starting with round-robin groups) would deliver more games, the inter-county season would be condensed, finishing with an early September All-Ireland.

"Anything that makes the season shorter, for me, is a no-brainer. Absolute no-brainer," McManamon reiterated. "It's too long. The club players are basically being disrespected. We're amateurs. The Premier League is nine months, the [inter-county season] is nine months ... a lot of it could be whipped.

"There was four weeks between games at times and it's just too long, so I'd like to see smaller breaks. I don't know what their proposal is specifically but I'd be open to anything that makes that season shorter. I think it could be finished by the August bank holiday."

He expanded: "Give club players three months, give us six and then have your bit of time off. I'm involved in a lot of other sports and I'd love to sit down maybe for a couple of months and try and play a bit or do something."

Brogan echoed his fellow forward that "there's definitely a length of year issue" but he wouldn't tackle this by taking away games.

"We love to go into Croke Park, we love to go down the country," he explained.

"Give us more games but, if anything, give us a bit of extra time for recovery and for end-of-year and for lads to go away for a holiday with their families.

"The GPA have made a good stab at it. It's not an easy one.

"My two gripes are if you could make the length of it a bit shorter and more games of importance."

 

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