Ger Oakley on Offaly problems

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Updated: June 16, 2011

Former Offaly star Ger Oakley has added his views to the ongoing controversy in the Faithful County by claiming that player welfare has been a problem for years.

Oakley, retired from the game last year, and was openly critical of management at the time. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, he says he is not surprised by the controversy over county’s players not being allowed to train at O’Connor Park.

“This is a clash between management and county board officials and it has to come to a head,” he said. “Player welfare has been a problem in Offaly hurling for the last six or seven years.

“It’s not right that an injured player who has hurled for the love of the game and the county jersey should lose out financially or not be looked after with immediate medical care and the fees that go with it. Whatever the financial circumstances with a county board, it can’t be used as an excuse not to look after players.”

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