Mullane: Players must get financial support

John Mullane says the GAA will have to do more for intercounty stars, adding that players “should not be put in the position” of having to raise funds through boxing matches or ballroom dancing.

“The GAA really have to look at it,” said Mullane yesterday. “There has to be more rewards for players. They’re not getting enough out of it. I’m not saying there should be pay for play but the GAA can look at other aspects.

“I would be looking at setting aside €3.2 million. It sounds a lot but it’s one big gate in Croke Park — €100,000 to each county, €50,000 for hurling and €50,000 for football. Then the county board come in and look after the expenses side of it, the gear and the meals. That €50,000 would be there then if teams wanted to go down the road of training camps or be rewarded at the end of the year with a team holiday.”

The Waterford man added that counties would lose players if they were not supported financially.

“What you’re seeing more often now is that players are being asked to go out and do fundraising, boxing nights and Strictly Come Dancing events. I don’t think players should be put in that type of position. Everything should be put in place for players so they are given the best chance to perform. It comes at a cost but Croke Park must start helping counties, particularly the likes of Waterford. Otherwise we’ll continue to lose players.”

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