Training sessions cap won’t happen

It’s encouraging to see the number of articles written in recent weeks about the demands placed on county players even if the contents of those pieces are alarming.

But anyone expecting a sea change in the near future is dreaming.

A cap on training sessions has long been advocated in the GAA and of course there was a time when it was put into operation too.

On Twitter on Sunday, Armagh’s Central Council delegate Jarlath Burns suggested counties be limited to two sessions a week at a nominated venue.

“Current game is excluding farmers, tradesmen etc because of the crazy commitment required,” he posted.

Burns is coming from the right place but putting a limit on training is unrealistic.

In December 2010, Cavan’s footballers were witnessed and reported breaking the then winter training ban yet no punishment was forthcoming.

The problem remains: how can Croke Park expect teams to practice what they preach when they themselves can’t follow their own parameters of governance?


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