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Thousands of club players in Clare remain without certainty on what the make-up of their season will look like.
Clare’s senior sides are permitted to return to training from Monday with underage club sides back training a week later while their adult club counterparts continue to watch the calendar hoping for a date to be announced on their restart.
Addressing Tuesday’s meeting of the County Board, Jack Chaplin informed club delegates that there was little of an update that could be provided when it came to competitions that would be played in the county this year as restrictions remain in place.
He outlined that the only GAA competition sanctioned to go ahead at this stage were the Allianz National Leagues.
“It would be a waste of time to talk about what we can do, we need clarification,” the Cratloe clubman stated. “The year is getting shorter,” he acknowledged.
Kilmurry Ibrickane delegate John Brew raised the possibility of sixteen year old footballers playing in the U20 competition as he referenced previous debate on the same scenario for players aged seventeen lining out in the U21 championship.
Chaplin responded “We haven’t even decided what we’re having, will it be U20 or U21 or finishing last year’s, we don’t know.
No fixtures were played in the Cusack Cup, Garry Cup or Clare Cup last season with clubs instead availing of challenge matches before commencing their championship bids.