GAA will go pro says Paul Galvin

Kerry footballer Paul Galvin told Setanta’s iTalkSport programme today that he feels GAA players will eventually turn professional.

He’s also spoken about the rumours linking him with two clubs and about the recent hot topic of violence in the GAA.

Will the GAA turn professional?
I think it’s inevitable really, people talk about professionalism being unsustainable. I can’t see it being any less sustainable than amateurism at the moment, in terms of the difficulties that exist at the minute trying to sustain an amateur game, it’s obviously proving difficult. Money is changing hands and the levels players are asked to go to, if they feel that the preparation isn’t right to get the best out of themselves, we’ve had strikes and walkouts and I think that day (when players get paid) will come.
Rumours that Paul was transferring to Antrim club St Gall’s?
No. I got a newspaper in my post, from a newspaper up the north with a picture of me on the front of it and an absolutely fabricated story that I was going up to do some course up in Jordanstown and I was joining St Gall’s. It was completely untrue.
And the rumours of a move to a Dublin club?

No, again similar story. I was living in Dublin. That caused me annoyance, completely untrue, no foundation yet it’s on the front page of a newspaper. I happened to meet the journalist who wrote it and I asked him about it and he had his sources but there’s never anything you can do.

On violence in the GAA:
I had an experience when I was a young fella. A guy came in from the sideline and gave me a punch in a club game. I was around 16 or 17, playing a senior game.
It’s difficult to differentiate between violence in the GAA and violence anywhere else. It’s a problem outside of sport as well. I would agree that there’s more respect and more tolerance in the game of rugby that there is in GAA, be it towards referees or towards opponents. It’s something I admire a lot about rugby but referees in rugby are more communicative and that’s a huge factor, that’s a reason for tolerance between players and the referee.
Involvement from the coaching staff on the sideline:

It’s very apparent in GAA. I certainly see quite a bit of it. I see it in club situations more so, not as much with inter-county. You’d be left shaking your head at times, the level of indiscipline on the sidelines particularly. When it happens on the sideline it feeds into the field of play.
If I see our sideline, with my club, getting on the case of referees or opponents or the opposition dugout, it annoys me.
Would he ever tackle the coaches about it?
I have done, yeah. It does affect players, it doesn’t happen very often at my club. It’s a matter of responsibility but it’s a tough one to address.

iTalkSport runs every Sunday 11:30am – 1pm on Setanta. It’s presented by Eoin McDevitt and Paul Kimmage. Paul Galvin will a guest again next Sunday, Feb. 12th.


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