GPA set to call for removal of pre-season competitions

October 14, 2023

Gaelic Players Association (GPA) CEO Tom Parsons. ©INPHO/Ben Whitley.

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) is set to call on the GAA to remove its pre-season competitions after a motion was passed at their annual general meeting this morning (Saturday).

It was one of five motions submitted as more than 100 players from around the country convened at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise and received a 90% backing.

The four other motions passed unanimously.

In his notes which were released prior to the meeting today, GPA CEO Tom Parsons criticised the association’s refusal to remove provincial pre-season competitions.

"Unfortunately, the ongoing efforts by the GPA to remove provincial pre-season competitions during the condensed split season continues to fall on deaf ears at GAA Central Council level," the former Mayo midfielder wrote.

"Recently, Central Council has acknowledged the pressure of the condensed season. However, following a thorough evaluation of various options, it was ultimately determined that taking no action was the preferred route for 2024."

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