€100 a week for GAA players gets the Stamp of approval
Darren Stamp has hung up his inter-county helmet and as a parting shot he has called on the GAA to pay players.
After 11 years serving the Wexford cause, Darren Stamp announced his retirement from the inter-county game this week. And speaking to the Wexford People, quoted on Hogan Stand, Stamp believes it is time that the GAA paid players for their commitment to their counties.
“Given the demands now placed on players, to be involved at inter-county level is now reaching professional status. The players need more support," Stamp is quoted as saying in the paper by Hogan Stand.
"When one sees the amount of money being taken in for All-Ireland finals, the players deserve better. They are now talking of taking in some €5 million, while this year they will also take in an extra €3 million for the hurling replay.
"So it's now time that Croke Park gave something back to the players. Players in inter-county squads should be paid at least €100 per week along with expenses; I believe that's not too much to ask."
We wonder will this spark a new debate into the matter at HQ? We somehow doubt it.