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Club Players body out to protect GAA

By Declan Bogue

Declan Brennan, secretary of the new Club Players Association (CPA) for Gaelic games, has labelled the effect of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) on the GAA as a "disaster".

The CPA was launched at the home of Dublin's Ballyboden St Enda's yesterday, with a number of illustrious names such as Armagh's Aaron Kernan and Donegal's Martin McHugh spelling out the unacceptable state of affairs, with the inter-county scene routinely shunting club fixtures around the calendar and stopping action completely in some counties for as long as four months at a time.

CPA Chairman Miceál Briody talked of the feedback the group has received, warning that future generations may turn away from the GAA, with a culture of training but no matches being played.

"The overwhelming emotions are frustration, powerlessness, a sense of futility," he said.

"There is also an overwhelming agreement that something needs to be done to protect and preserve our games before it is too late."

He added: "Everyone knows there are elephants in the room, television deals, paid officials, paid managers and at the centre of it all are amateur players at the beck and call of others, unable to plan a holiday or relax in the closed season."

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