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Leitrim Star Hits Back At Páraic Duffy Over Club Month Suggestion

The 2018 Championship will see major changes, with the introduction of Super 8s, and the fact that the entire schedule is being condensed. The GAA have made efforts to aid clubs by leaving the entire month of April free of intercounty action, and informing counties that the club must have full access to players for that month.

Writing in his final annual report as Ard Stiúrthóir, Páraic Duffy reiterated his commitment to seeing this through.

However, this may be easier said than done in certain counties. Leitrim and Sligo travel to New York and London respectively for their Championship openers on May 6. If the club month is effectively implemented, this means that county managers will only have a matter of days to assemble their squad and prepare them for the first game.

Leitrim star Emlyn Mulligan aired these concerns on Twitter.

Leitrim aren’t the only county set-up with such a dilemma, as several managers have pointed out the difficulties that will arise from the club month.

Sligo star Niall Murphy was in complete agreement with Mulligan, and highlighted the extended run-in to the second tie in the Connacht Championship.

Given that this is the first year that such a dedicated club month exists, there are likely to be even more teething problems arising in the coming weeks and months.

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