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Fixture list and player burnout feature in Duffy report

By Declan Bogue

Paraic Duffy, director-general of the GAA, is today set to release his eagerly-awaited discussion document on 'player overtraining and burnout, and the GAA's fixture calendar.'

A recommendation that the county season will be truncated by a matter of a couple of weeks is expected.

The notion of playing provincial and All-Ireland club campaigns in the one calendar year is also expected, ahead of a possible introduction in time for 2017.

However, this has already met with some measure of scepticism from all six Munster counties, on the grounds that dual counties are much harder to manage and keep ticking along.

Moving the club semi-finals and finals to before Christmas would effectively wipe out three months of commitment from club players. It would also free them up for pre-season tournaments, the early rounds of the National League and any third-level commitments.

Watching his own club Scotstown's win over Slaughtneil on Sunday, Duffy has always been a man close to the pulse of the club. Today's document is his chance to claw back some balance.

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