Split-season a significant positive step forward - Flynn

March 02, 2021

GPA chief-executive Paul Flynn. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

GPA CEO Paul Flynn has welcomed the decision to split the inter-county and club games calendars from 2022.

This past weekend saw Congress voting to formally approved the 'split-season' model between club and county competitions which will see All-Ireland finals taking place no later than mid-July from next year.

"This is a significant positive step forward in providing defined structure to the GAA calendar, a proposal which was tabled by the GPA to the GAA Fixture Review Taskforce in July 2020,” the out-going CEO is quoted by RTE Sport.

"It has also gained support independently in other quarters. Players had voiced their concerns about the unsustainable nature of the life of an inter-county player. This is something with which the 'split-season’ will help with all inter-county games to be completed by the end of July.

"We believe this is in your best interests. It will allow you more time to concentrate on your life off the pitch but also to get the opportunity to play uninterrupted with your clubs. It is a positive move for players at both inter-county and club level.

“We will continue to engage with players and the GAA in advance of a Special Congress later in the year to define the football competition structures around the split season for 2022 onwards."

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