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GAA County Player Transfers

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There is a lot said about how much the GAA has spent in coaching in Dublin over the rest of the counties and how it has created a an imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the counties. One of the benefits of the growth of the GAA Dublin is that it has increased the number of club players playing club football. There are players playing club football in Dublin that can't make the Dublin squad but would be able to make other county team.

I know that there is a parentage system in place for players to play for the counties that their are parents are from. Maybe it is time to formalize this system where counties hold trials each year in Dublin for players who qualify to play for another county. You could limit it to 5 players per county and expand the squads by 5 players so club players in the home county don't lose their spots on the panel.

JuniorBee (Mayo) - Posts: 40 - 28/08/2019 04:04:58    2229998

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Who would be Jim White?

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 557 - 28/08/2019 12:36:13    2230091

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Look at all the hoops kildare gaa jumped through and all the strokes that were pulled to get Seanie Johnston to play, no parentage there....

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 787 - 28/08/2019 12:50:35    2230100

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It is an interesting idea but I think I'd prefer people who grew up in Limerick City or county to represent us. That might not be an opinion shared by others though.

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6189 - 28/08/2019 13:03:26    2230109

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Only players who play for club in the county should qualify for that county. Its not right that players transfer to Dublin clubs and are still allowed to represent their county. Its a kick in the face to players who stayed loyal to their clubs and the ethos of the GAA. 1 club.

year after year the club and county divide is increasing with all emphasis being put on the county teams which is resulting in club players becoming completely disheartened.

Foley91 (Meath) - Posts: 312 - 28/08/2019 13:04:28    2230110

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Replying To Foley91:  "Only players who play for club in the county should qualify for that county. Its not right that players transfer to Dublin clubs and are still allowed to represent their county. Its a kick in the face to players who stayed loyal to their clubs and the ethos of the GAA. 1 club.

year after year the club and county divide is increasing with all emphasis being put on the county teams which is resulting in club players becoming completely disheartened."
Utterly rediculous idea. So many people in Ireland have to move to Dublin for work and not all of them have a job that allows for time to be driving home every few days for games and training. Concider how hard it would be for someone who doesnt work a 9 to 5 and doesnt own a car why should he have to sit at home on the dole just to represent his county

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 373 - 28/08/2019 13:41:27    2230128

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Replying To Breezy:  "Utterly rediculous idea. So many people in Ireland have to move to Dublin for work and not all of them have a job that allows for time to be driving home every few days for games and training. Concider how hard it would be for someone who doesnt work a 9 to 5 and doesnt own a car why should he have to sit at home on the dole just to represent his county"
Ok so by your logic whoever this guy or girl is they wont be travelling home to train or play games for their county. In fact your argument means that if they want to represent their county they will actually have to travel home more than they would have if they stayed at home with their club in the first place.

Foley91 (Meath) - Posts: 312 - 28/08/2019 15:45:15    2230185

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Replying To Foley91:  "Ok so by your logic whoever this guy or girl is they wont be travelling home to train or play games for their county. In fact your argument means that if they want to represent their county they will actually have to travel home more than they would have if they stayed at home with their club in the first place."
He's saying that where people move to live is dictated by jobs more than staying with their home GAA club.

I moved clubs when I moved from home.

Antrim play a significant number of club games mid week. I couldn't stay with our team and expect to be playing when I wouldn't be able to train or play as much as the rest of the panel.

I love my home club but there's more to life than GAA and I've 0 regrets about moving and loved the years playing with my adopted club.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2798 - 28/08/2019 19:06:54    2230230

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A lot of lads move to Dublin and other places to work and initially travel home to play with their home clubs. However as time moves on the travelling takes a toll on them and as they become embedded in a community they switch to their news local clubs. This is normal and will always happen. Most Dublin clubs were founded by non Dubs and are now run by non Dubs.

BlueBeret (Dublin) - Posts: 16 - 28/08/2019 20:33:32    2230245

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How come managers - unlike players - are free to move from club to club and county to county ? Would it be a good idea if managers could not move? It would stop the 'manager industry' in its tracks which would surely be a good days work. Then the money which is wasted on managers could go to coaching, better facilities, etc.

BTW, I suspect that many managers do not even belong to any club.

Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 133 - 28/08/2019 21:08:09    2230260

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I have no objections to lads joining clubs in counties where they work or live. Thats part of life. Thats not the argument here. My point was I don't think players playing for clubs outside their county should be picked for their county. My point being if players want to start transferring to play with other counties then they have to commit to a club in that county.

Foley91 (Meath) - Posts: 312 - 28/08/2019 21:18:01    2230262

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Replying To Foley91:  "I have no objections to lads joining clubs in counties where they work or live. Thats part of life. Thats not the argument here. My point was I don't think players playing for clubs outside their county should be picked for their county. My point being if players want to start transferring to play with other counties then they have to commit to a club in that county."
I totally get your point. I get why players may need to move and need to play for a club local to where they have repatriated. However travelling to represent your home county actually in most cases is far more onerous than club commitments. The only difference is the level of remuneration a county team can provide verses a club and I suspect this is normally the main driver in these matters. I'm not saying this as a sleight on these players. There is a considerable cost either to a player or a club to travel these distances and that is the key factor.

I agree with you. A county team should be representative of its clubs and therefore its playing members. It should push county boards to support clubs more and their competitions rather than just ploughing all its resources into a county team.

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 175 - 30/08/2019 11:31:43    2230643

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Replying To JuniorBee:  "There is a lot said about how much the GAA has spent in coaching in Dublin over the rest of the counties and how it has created a an imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the counties. One of the benefits of the growth of the GAA Dublin is that it has increased the number of club players playing club football. There are players playing club football in Dublin that can't make the Dublin squad but would be able to make other county team.

I know that there is a parentage system in place for players to play for the counties that their are parents are from. Maybe it is time to formalize this system where counties hold trials each year in Dublin for players who qualify to play for another county. You could limit it to 5 players per county and expand the squads by 5 players so club players in the home county don't lose their spots on the panel."
Would it not be easier for dublin to ask to field multiple teams in the championship as these are all dublin players?? Big change in mindset but a lot of talk about splitting dublin in 2/3 etc so this would be the answer!

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2601 - 30/08/2019 18:30:13    2230781

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Replying To BaldyBadger:  "I totally get your point. I get why players may need to move and need to play for a club local to where they have repatriated. However travelling to represent your home county actually in most cases is far more onerous than club commitments. The only difference is the level of remuneration a county team can provide verses a club and I suspect this is normally the main driver in these matters. I'm not saying this as a sleight on these players. There is a considerable cost either to a player or a club to travel these distances and that is the key factor.

I agree with you. A county team should be representative of its clubs and therefore its playing members. It should push county boards to support clubs more and their competitions rather than just ploughing all its resources into a county team."
Does this not make it harder for rural counties to compete where players are having to move away from to get jobs.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2798 - 30/08/2019 19:22:07    2230805

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