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strong support GAA Championship proposal ‘B’ plans get boost from Cork

Drive for new proposal ‘B’ football format gathers momentum as Leinster counties also give support

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Cork County Board chief executive Kevin O'Donovan

Cork County Board chief executive Kevin O'Donovan

Cork County Board chief executive Kevin O'Donovan

Cork have come out in favour of proposal ‘B’ that advocates the league as championship as the centrepiece of the summer inter-county football season.

Rebel delegates discussed the options at a special board meeting but there was strong support for one of the recommendations of a committee that had Cork chief executive Kevin O’Donovan among its members.

Former chair Tracey Kennedy and current PRO Joseph Blake were among the speakers in favour of change as proposal ‘B’ was carried with a large majority.

Cork’s decision followed confirmation that Down would be supporting proposal ‘B’, a position that is sure to depart from the majority of their Ulster counterparts. Representatives of Ulster counties were meeting collectively last night to discuss their position.

Momentum is getting behind proposal ‘B’ with the majority of Leinster counties expected to come out in support as the week goes on.

In Leinster, Kildare, Meath and Longford also took decisions to support proposal ‘B’, Kildare’s clubs making the call while Meath’s management committee has directed their delegation to support. Longford left their decision with their clubs. They join Offaly, Westmeath and Louth who are already committed to supporting the league as championship proposal. Wexford club delegates also come out in support of change at a meeting last night but it’s not clear if that is specifically proposal ‘B’.

Laois Congress delegates have been given an open vote on Saturday but chairman Peter O’Neill has intimated that the players’ views will be taken on board and they will be mindful of any amendments. But that too looks like another positive move for proposal ‘B’.

Kerry delegates will also wait until Saturday to determine what way they will vote. Clare’s Management Committee will be recommending to their clubs tomorrow night that their preference is proposal ‘B’, a recommendation that is unlikely to be rejected.

However, it looks like Mayo will not be supporting any change.

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