Killian Young: GPA can push for structural changes

Kerry captain Killian Young has called on the GPA to use their guaranteed motion next February to try and change the structure of the All-Ireland senior football championship.

The Renard man says the system does no favours to the Kingdom, even if they have an All-Ireland semi-final to look forward to on August 28, having played just three SFC matches.

Young, who says the league has become more competitive than a lot of the championship, welcomes the promise from the GAA that the players’ body will have a motion debated at Congress from next year onwards.

“That’ll be very important for the welfare of the players.

“The reason that we play the game is because we love it. We love playing for our county and that’s where the pride comes into it,” said Young.

“The ratio for training over my time with Kerry, the ratio over how many times I trained versus games, is frightening. You need to have, a certain amount of training but it is all about games. That’s the joy of it, that’s where you get the buzz.

“It is definitely something that will have to be looked at.”

Young has no issue with Kerry having to play more games to reach a last-four clash. It’s something he would encourage.

“That’s what you want. Even if you are playing Clare or Tipperary, if they are there on merit, they are there on merit. I think we are going to have a lot of counties coming in stronger [in football]. Everyone is on a par in relation to fitness, I think a lot more counties are focusing more on football, building on what they are doing in the league, getting really top-quality games.

“The more competitive it gets, the better; the more teams that you see coming through, the better. It’s great for the game and definitely what we want.”


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