The Club Players Association (CPA) and Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have released a joint statement calling for the club-only windows in the GAA calendar to be extended.
This comes as the GAA prepares to take the Fixture Review Task Force report to be reviewed by stakeholders across the country.
The call is for the club window in April and May to last six weeks in order to allow the fairest opportunity for the window to be successfully utilised. As well as this, they want the club window following the end of the inter-county season to last a minimum of nine weeks before provincial club campaigns begin.
According to RTÉ Sport, the two representative bodies feel the club only window will only work if all provinces start their inter-county championships on the same date as well as keeping November exclusively as an off-season for inter-county players unless they are taking part in the club championships.
Both the CPA and GPA want strong governance and guidelines to ensure that the club windows are properly protected across the country.
CPA chairman Michéal Briody said: “The one common ground that the CPA have always shared with the GPA is the recognition that the current fixtures calendar doesn’t work fairly for any set of players.
“The CPA have advocated for a radical structural change to the fixtures calendar since our formation in 2017.
“It is important now that the options for change put forward from the Task Force are disseminated to clubs immediately so that the debate can begin nationwide on what level of change is acceptable.”
GPA CEO Paul Flynn said:
“One of our core pillars is to protect the welfare of our members.
“It is therefore vital that fixtures are properly governed to ensure the fundamental link between club and inter-county players is fully recognised and strengthened within the fixtures calendar.”
The statement can be seen in full below:
— ClubPlayersAssoc (@ClubPlayerAssoc) December 13, 2019