‘We need notice on Friday games’

Down’s Mark Poland has called on the GAA to consult with the players if they want to continue playing intercounty matches on Friday nights.

Poland bagged two goals in the county’s Allianz league win over Armagh in the Athletic Grounds in an historic first Friday night fixture.

Although he feels Friday night games are an inconvenience, he insisted he is not looking for players to be paid for having to leave work early to play games.

“I travelled with the two Harrisons (Shane and Conor) to the match and they had to take the day off work because they are working at the other end of Belfast.

“It wasn’t worth their while going in, so that is two boys losing time. I spoke about it before and I got abuse over Twitter about looking for compensation — but I am not looking for compensation.

“I just think that there has to be more thought put into it and more thought for the players.

“Kalum King organised his wedding on a Friday with the intention that he would be able to play in a National League game on the Saturday night or the Sunday, and he ended up missing this match, so what do you do?”.

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