McGee: ‘Report will clean up game’

A major restructure of the way Gaelic football rules across the country are goverened will only serve to improve the long term future of the game.

A major restructure of the way Gaelic football rules across the country are goverened will only serve to improve the long term future of the game.

That’s the view of the man spearheading such change -former Offaly All-Ireland winning manager and Longford native Eugene McGee.

As chairman of the Football Review Committee (FRC), McGee said the publication of 18 proposals earlier this week will alleviate a large number of the game’s current problems, improve its all round flow and lead to a 25 per cent reduction in frees being awarded.

The Irish Independent columnist also claimed the changes, if implemented, could limit card count percentages to just “two or three” per game, down from the present 6.6 average.

“We just want to spell out the little things that, if they were done, would alleviate a lot of the problems that annoy the rank and file GAA person, whether that be a spectator or official,” McGee told journalists at a press conference on Monday.

Described by GAA president Liam O’Neill as “the most extensive trawl ever done by any organisation,” the committee engaged with 4,000 people and studied over 60 games at all levels over the past eight months.