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Reid describes GAA Council changes as 'laughable'

Louth captain feels it 'disrespects' smaller counties

Reid describes GAA Council changes as 'laughable'

Louth captain Adrian Reid has described the GAA Central Council’s proposed changes to the structure of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship as ‘laughable’ and ’disrespectful’ to small counties, WRITES GAVIN MCLAUGHLIN.

The changes, which need to be approved by a two thirds majority at the GAA Congress in Carlow next month, would see all Division Four teams who don’t reach their provincial final in 2017 placed into a separate ‘B Championship’ with the winners offered a place in the following year’s qualifiers, irrespective of their league position.

The proposal has attracted widespread criticism from a number of quarters and Reid, who is set to make his 100th appearance for the Wee County when they face London in Sunday’s Allianz National Football League Division Four opener, said the changes do not sit well with the Louth panel.

“It’s laughable and hard to comprehend how they came up with this proposal,” he said.

“We’ve discussed it as a group here and we’re completely against it. There is no appetite amongst the players to play in a B Championship.

“The GPA came up with a Champions League type idea and that was what we were mostly in favour of,” he added.

“This proposal is very poorly thought out and not very appealing to anybody in Division Four. From our point of view, we just have to make sure we get promoted to Division Three this year and we’re not in a position to worry about it next year.”