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The CPA has disbanded: Split season brings end to group

The Club Players Association (CPA) has confirmed its decision to dissolve.

Established in 2016, and formally launched a year later, the CPA tasked themselves with giving a voice to the club player and tackling the issue of fixtures.

The GAA's annual Congress last weekend voted to introduce a split season beginning this year. In effect, one half of the year is given over to club fixtures, and the other to the inter-county game.

The CPA say that decision was long overdue, adding they'd "advocated a split season approach as a sensible, fair and logical solution to the fixtures issue."

With objectives met, the CPA has disbanded.

"The pandemic was a catalyst [for a split season}, but not a welcome one, obviously," CPA chairman Micheal Briody told The Examiner earlier this week.

"Change was forced upon the GAA. We would have never been so far along that way without it, if it had not been thrust upon us."

In a parting statement, the CPA thanked executive members past and present - which included former Wexford hurling manager Liam Griffin, and ex-Meath football captain Anthony Moyles.

They added, "Our reasoning has always been that the right approach to fixtures would provide a vastly improved platform for participation in our games for all players at all levels. With that objective achieved, the time is right to step away."

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