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Douglas' Shane Kingston celebrates his goal against Cill Na Martra in the U21 football final in 2017. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Douglas' Shane Kingston celebrates his goal against Cill Na Martra in the U21 football final in 2017. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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With so many involved at the elite level, Douglas simply couldn't cope without their key players

DOUGLAS are one of the clubs that would have to play some championship games without their inter-county players under a new proposal in Cork.

However, they would find it very difficult to do so according to club chairman, Aidan O’Connor.

One of the proposals in a comprehensive document to change the face of the club championships in the county, from 2020 onwards, and released last Tuesday night, is that clubs would play two championship games in June and July without their Cork players.

However, that suggestion is likely to be met with opposition by clubs such as Douglas, who have a very strong hand in the composition of both Cork senior teams.

O’Connor told the Echo today that the club will be meeting tonight, after training, to discuss the document and the proposals. The meeting will be attended by the management of all the teams in the club and he is hoping that as many players as possible can attend, too.

“Yes, that’s the plan. We will discuss all aspects of the document and the proposals contained in it and we are inviting the players to attend, too.

“Just glancing through it, initially, you would have to say that there’s a lot in it and a lot to digest.

“Obviously, the proposal that clubs might be playing some championship games without their inter-county players is going to be a huge topic for debate in all the clubs concerned, when they sit down to discuss it.

“That would be a huge step for the GAA to take, clubs lining out in championship games without their inter-county players.

Eoin Cadogan, Douglas, breaking past Martin Hennesy, Dongourney. Picture: Dan Linehan
Eoin Cadogan, Douglas, breaking past Martin Hennesy, Dongourney. Picture: Dan Linehan

“Is it a case of clubs to be penalised for producing inter-county players?

“I know our own players want to be playing for Douglas in every championship game and they don’t want to be standing up on the bank, watching on.

“We will get the views of all the people involved at tonight’s meeting and take it from there.

Another club that would be seriously affected if that proposal was adopted is Castlehaven. They would have to play some championship games without Mark Collins, Damien Cahalane, and Michael and Brian Hurley.

Castlehaven, too, are expected to robustly discuss that issue at a club meeting this week.