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'We feel our fixture plans are positive, exciting and innovative' - CPA aim to solve club crisis

Chairman Micheál Briody has spoken out ahead of the All-Ireland club finals.

The club finals take centre stage in Croke Park on Friday.
The club finals take centre stage in Croke Park on Friday.
Image: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE

AHEAD OF THE spotlight being placed this week on the GAA club scene with the St Patrick’s Day All-Ireland finals, the Club Players Association have revealed that ‘substantial work’ has been done on their ‘proposed solutions to the fixture crisis’.

The CPA have revealed in a statement that they are continuing discussions with ‘all the relevant stakeholders’, while they have described their plans to solve the fixtures crisis in the GAA as ‘positive, exciting and innovative’.

CPA chairman Micheál Briody has stated that they are looking forward ‘to continuing talks with GAA officials at all levels’.

“This week the coverage and discussion of our clubs will once again highlight and celebrate their unique position at the heart of our association. That status must be protected for the good of all our games.

“The Club Players’ Association are continuing to make positive strides to fixing the fixtures to ensure every club player has an opportunity to play their chosen sport regularly.

2017 AIB GAA Senior Club Championship Finals Media Day Chrissy McKaigue chases All-Ireland club glory with Slaughtneil on Friday. Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE

“We are currently engaged in on-going discussions with all the relevant stakeholders and we are confident that those discussions will bring about meaningful change.

“Substantial work has been done on our proposed solutions to the fixtures crisis.

“We feel our fixture plans are positive, exciting and innovative and will bring a meaningful balance to intercounty and club as well as getting an improved balance between hurling and football.”

“This is something that all members of the GAA aspire to. We as volunteers look forward to continuing talks with GAA officials at all levels in an agreed forum where we can share these plans and positive views for the greater good of our entire Association.

“This week, we wish the players of Cuala, Ballyea, Dr Crokes and Slaughtneil all the best and we congratulate the clubs that have already featured on the national stage in 2017.”

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