Shorter season the key, says Bernard Brogan

Dublin star Bernard Brogan feels more competitive games and a shorter playing season would please most inter- county players.

Reacting to the GPA’s proposed championship revamp, Brogan suggested the protracted playing calendar was the main bone of contention among players.

“My aim and most of the players’ aims is about getting the length of the season right,” he said at an AIG reception to mark Dublin’s All-Ireland win.

“It’s a little bit too long, for when you come back to the club.

“If you are in any way successful with your club... if you look at the St Vincent’s lads who have done nearly two years straight without getting a rest, I know there is a rest here and there, but it isn’t a mental rest. The game can get stale, and you need to be able to refresh and go at it again.

“There’s definitely a length-of-year issue, but I wouldn’t sort that by getting rid of games. We all play it because we love it. We love to go into Croke Park and anywhere down the country.

“Don’t take games away from us. Give us more games, but if anything give a bit of extra time for recovery and for the end of the year, and for lads to get time with their families or go away for a holiday, or something like that.

“The GPA have made a good stab at it, but it’s not an easy one.”


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