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Cooney happy with deal

GAA president Christy Cooney believes the agreement reached between the GAA and the GPA will be of huge benefit to players facing unemployment.

He is confident that the new five-year arrangement with the players' body will help stem the flow of emigration.

"I think this will be an enormous support to reinvigorate players to get refocused - whether it is to start their own business or update their skills and certainly to help themselves to get jobs in the future," he stated on the GAA website.

"The whole process on all sides was done was done in a very meaningful way. It would be fair to say that while we had challenges before us and throughout the process, that it was done as part of a real and lasting partnership.

"I think this will help them in a significant way. Hopefully you will create the situation that people won't have to go away, to emigrate, and that we will be able to support them through extra training and the extra support they can get through this."

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