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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd  November 2009.
Belfast Telegraph staff Images Graham Luney

Is the Irish League’s big money a brilliant boom or a cause for concern?

Graham Luney


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Record breaker: Shay McCartan’s move to Glentoran was Irish League transfer record. Credit: David Maginnis

Record breaker: Shay McCartan’s move to Glentoran was Irish League transfer record. Credit: David Maginnis

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Wanted man: Portadown skipper Lee Bonis. Credit: David Maginnis

Wanted man: Portadown skipper Lee Bonis. Credit: David Maginnis

Oisin Smyth. Credit: Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press

Oisin Smyth. Credit: Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press

Ridiculous: Glenn Ferguson is not convinced players are fairly priced

Ridiculous: Glenn Ferguson is not convinced players are fairly priced

Concerns: Marty Quinn says it’s hard to justify some of the spending

Concerns: Marty Quinn says it’s hard to justify some of the spending

Positive: Gerard Lyttle feels the league is moving in the right direction

Positive: Gerard Lyttle feels the league is moving in the right direction

Fighting on: Carrick boss Stuart King knows his club face uphill battle

Fighting on: Carrick boss Stuart King knows his club face uphill battle

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Record breaker: Shay McCartan’s move to Glentoran was Irish League transfer record. Credit: David Maginnis

Big transfer fees, wages and signing on fees – it feels like we have never seen this much money swirling around the Irish League – is it reason to celebrate or a cause for concern?

The emergence of full-time cultures has been broadly welcomed and recognised as being key to driving up standards.


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