Journalist Ewan MacKenna yesterday tweeted out a contract that was to be signed by players from Dublin club St Brigid’s.
Without context this contract seems a bit unnecessary. However, to give the club the benefit of the doubt, most of what it says is basic things you expect from players anyway.
Remember a time when GAA used to be fun, not farcical? Me too! Have a read of this from St Brigid's and try and keep your jaw from dropping. pic.twitter.com/Up4fHbCesF
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) January 9, 2017
Admittedly, it seems silly to have to sign a piece of paper vowing to give 100 percent, but it is also something that every coach in the country asks of his players. Again, also to give the benefit of the doubt to the club at hand, perhaps this was some sort of team building exercise – in a sort of ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of way.
Perhaps the club has had problems in recent seasons that makes the management feel that this was a necessary thing to do. In fact, as pointed out by Donn O’Sullivan of the Limerick Post, the fact that the contract was leaked is perhaps indicative of the attitude that makes such a contract necessary.
@EwanMacKenna seems like a team who needed something like this. Seeing as someone in the group thought it would be okay to leak this.
— Donn O Sullivan (@DonnOSullivan) January 9, 2017
Over the next few weeks, every club in the country will be restarting their training ahead of the new year (if they haven’t already).
Managers will be laying down ground rules and telling players about what is expected of them. Is it really such a big deal that St Brigid’s put it in writing?
The fact that whoever drew this up put “having craic” bottom of the list is telling. Not that enjoying the game is the least important thing, but because players get their enjoyment from winning. If Brigid’s follow these rules they have a better chance of winning games and having a successful season.
Failure to follow the admittedly tedious list means the writing will be on the wall – and the contract will be the least of their worries.