Jim Gavin gives green light to introduction of the mark in GAA

The new rule was officially introduced at congress this weekend

Jim Gavin gives green light to introduction of the mark in GAA

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Dublin squeezed through to a one point victory against Ulster contenders Mongahan in the National League last night but after the game, Irish media were keen to hear Gavin's reaction to the arrival of the mark.

According to the stipulations outlined at the GAA Congress, this new rule essentially entitles a player to a free-kick if they cleanly fetch the ball from a kick-out as long as they are positioned inside the area beyond the 45.

The player can also choose to play on if they wish and cannot be challenged by an opponent until they have taken the requisite four steps. A separate meeting will be held at central council to determine when this rule will be officially introduced.

The announcement caused a lot of division online yesterday but Dublin's Jim Gavin considers it to be a positive development in Gaelic Games.

Speaking after the game in Croke Park last night, he said:

''We like to play an offensive style of strategy and anywhere we can see high fielding being promoted we would encourage it. Dublin GAA backed this motion so hopefully it'll be a positive initiative for the game.''

He also addressed the motions relating to the regrading of Minor hurling and football and U21 football. The purpose of these motions is to address burnout problems and Gavin says that it is the responsibility of those in Croke Park to ensure that burnout is curtailed in these grades.

''That's the big elephant in the room. The fixture list is the nettle that needs to be grasped by someone in Croke Park to avoid fixture clashes. Overtraining is the main issue for lads in the 18-21 age bracket. The fixture lists compounds their difficulties and it can be sorted out but it needs to be driven by someone in Croke Park.''