Former County Board Secretary criticises Leitrim recruitment policy

John Connolly

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John Connolly

Former County Board Secretary criticises Leitrim recruitment policy

Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian, pictured with selector Seamus Quinn, is on lookout for Dublin Club players to join the County.

Former Leitrim GAA County Board Secretary Stephen Flynn has strongly criticised the efforts of Leitrim GAA officials to recruit eligible Dublin club players for the County Senior team.

In a letter to the Leitrim Observer, the former Secretary writes "What message does this send out to prospective county players competing in our own domestic leagues and championships, sorry you’re not good enough. Well I for one believe we have players good enough playing in Leitrim competition to advance the cause of Leitrim football on the inter county stage"

Flynn, who also served as Secretary to Leitrim Coiste na nOg for a number of years, strongly disagreed with the initiative launched by Leitrim Supporters Club Dublin branch officials Eamonn Duignan and Mike Feeney to recruit players in Dublin and the surrounding counties with Leitrim eligibility for the Green & Gold.

The full text of Stephen Flynn's letter is as follows:

"I was amazed to read the article in the Observer which appeared to be credited to fellow Mohillian Eamonn Duignan which appeared to be calling for players from around the country to play with our county U21 team and senior squad under the Granny rule.

Respectfully I thought the benefits of this adaption system had been played out recently in that the players who come to a county are of little or no benefit to the county of adoption as the usually only use the temporary arrangement to advance their case for inclusion to benefit their case for inclusion in their home county.

What message does this send out to prospective county players competing in our own domestic leagues and championships, sorry you’re not good enough.

Well I for one believe we have players good enough playing in Leitrim competition to advance the cause of Leitrim football on the inter county stage. The first step would be promotion to division 3 which I believe is an achievable goal based on the players I see playing in domestic competition.

So while I can understand that the call for players is well intentioned, perhaps we should be leaving the selection of players to the recently appointed management team and the players that we know are available to our county squads .

Liatroim Abu

Stephen Flynn"