THE Chairman of the Club Players Association has raised concerns that club players could be unavailable for training because of inter-county demands.
Michael Briody was speaking this morning on RTÉ, where he laid out the CPA’s concerns.
Picture: Naomh Conaill celebrate winning the 2019 Donegal SFC
Inter-county teams are not permitted to return to training until September 14.
Club teams can return to training from June 29 with games to begin from July 31. Yesterday, Donegal captain Michael Murphy outlined his want for the group format to be retained for the Donegal club championships.
“What exactly is the rule from 14 September to when a club exits its championship?” Briody said
“Surely no inter-county manager can have access to a player while he is still involved with his club? If so, will this be enforced?
“That really needs to be clarified. For the past three months the gates and pitches have been locked. Everyone respected that. It ensured a level playing field.
“But autonomy has been given to county boards to plan their own return and there won’t be any more level fields. Some inter-county managers and boards will respect the deadline – and many won’t.”
There is a designated 11-week period to play club games with counties already warned that those who return to train prior to September 14 will not be covered by the Player Injury Scheme.Tags: