Joe Brolly lets his feelings be known about the "Super 8"

He and Liam Griffin of the CPA discuss what will go before Congress

BY Raf Diallo 20:36 Wednesday 22 February 2017, 20:36 22 Feb 2017

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Joe Brolly says the introduction of the "Super 8" would benefit elite counties but to the detriment of those below the Top 8. 

The Sunday Game pundit and Club Players Association (CPA) fixtures co-ordinator Liam Griffin spoke to Off The Ball about their views on the "Super 8" proposal change to All Ireland football quarter finals and the issues that will go before Congress this weekend.

"It's quite clear that what the Super 8 is about is about rescuing an ailing senior championship by concentrating on the Top 8, leaving the rest of us behind," he said, adding that it would only "deepen the problems" for the counties below the Top 8.

"It's a commercial juggernaut. What will happen inevitably is that sponsorship and funding will increase around it. I've no doubt it will be very good for spectators and it will be very good for those elite counties.

"And what happens after three years in any association is what happens in your own life. Your lifestyle expands to suit your earnings. The more you earn, the more you spend and we become dependent on it." 

He described the CPA as the "only chink of light" as fixtures debates grow.

On the CPA being denied speaking rights at this weekend's Congress, Griffin expressed his disappointment. 

"What can I say? It's very disappointing. We're all members of the Association, every single one of us are volunteers and people who have been at the coalface," he said, before touching how the Gaelic Players Association as well as the CPA have now rejected the "Super 8" proposals.

Liam Griffin ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

"Our main aim is not speaking at Congress but is to get the fixtures programme in place. And what's most extraordinary now is that the GPA have come out the same way [as us] and I'm pleased that the GPA have come out with that."

On the motion to recognise the CPA which will go before Congress, Griffin added that it would be "outlandish" if it was not passed. 

"Why would you say no to them? Why would you do such a thing? Why would you slap them in the face and say go away? That's surely unacceptable and that points out the necessity for change," he said, adding that the GPA "won't be going away" in their bid to do something about the fixtures issue.

But he does not want to see a strike if agreement cannot be reached between parties.

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