Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fresh support for players on return from Oz

The GPA and their AFL equivalent -- the AFLPA -- have announced a new programme designed to assist Irish players returning to this country after a period in the Australian Football League, writes Conor McKeon.

The agreement will ensure that a range of development programmes is provided to players on their return including career advice, financial advice, and health and well-being support to assist with their re-integration into gaelic games or with their retirement from competitive sport.

A statement released by the GPA explained that the idea behind the scheme is to "develop a joint transition programme for Irish players in the AFL, develop greater understanding of the particular needs of the Irish player in the AFL thus helping to best tailor support for Irish players and share information in relation to the particular needs of elite athletes and the creation of player development programmes.

English call on Tipp this week

NICKY English will inform Tipperary county board officials this week if he is interested in returning as senior hurling manager. English, who managed the county to an All-Ireland title in 2001, has been lined up by Premier County officials to resume office after Liam Sheedy's shock decision to stand down last month.

A county board meeting has been scheduled for tonight, though there will be no appointment until the November meeting.

However, it has been clear for some time that English is the preferred choice of Tipperary power-brokers and he is due to meet with them after returning from a stint abroad tomorrow.

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