The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have come out strongly in response to allegations that they did not sufficiently communicate with their members ahead of the 'Super 8' reform vote at last weekend's GAA Congress
The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) say they "engaged extensively" with their members ahead of last weekend's GAA Congress and "actively sought opinions" on the vote regarding competition reform.
The GPA came in from criticism from Armagh delegate Jarlath Burns this week, who claimed that the GPA "sent a WhatsApp [message] to the county representatives" and accused them of failing to communicate sufficiently with their members.
This evening, the GPA has responded and have laid out a timeline of when exactly they got in contact with members and what was discussed.
"The GPA has engaged extensively with our members with regard to competition reform over the past 18 months in the form of surveys, squad meetings, regional workshops, the establishment of a steering group of current and former players and through a multitude of communications providing information and seeking input and feedback at various junctures," they said on Tuesday night in a statement.
"The most recent consultation with all inter-county squads was to ascertain a consensus as to how the sole GPA vote at Congress would be employed.
"Over 70% of squads expressed a wish to vote against this proposal. The reasons for the player opposition to this proposal have already been outlined."
The 'Super 8' proposal last weekend at the GAA Congress and GPA chief executive Dermot Earley claimed the passing of the motion displayed a "disconnect" between the GAA and the players around the country.
With regards to how they communicated with their members, the GPA continues: "Following the initial release of the ‘GAA’s Proposal on The Revised Format of the All-Ireland Championships’ last year, the Players' body actively sought opinions of all squads and reconvened the steering group who considered the proposals.
"It should also be noted that following extensive work in bringing forward a new competitions model, the Players' own proposals were dismissed by the GAA partly on the basis that they contained more games."
They say that despite the body accepting the decision of Congress, they will "continue to consult with all inter-county players whose views will determine the next course of action for the GPA" when discussing matters of Championship reform.
The organisation say these views will be represented through the 'GAA/GPA Player Policy Forum', arising from a 2016 GAA/GPA Agreement.
They also add an outline of alleged GPA engagement with players on competition structure reform over the last 18 months