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Published: 16:23 | 27/1/16

O'Shea defends amalgamation idea

Mayo man wants county mergers

Mayo full-forward Aidan O'Shea has defended the idea that weaker counties could amalgamate in order to be more competitive in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

A couple of years ago, O'Shea suggested that some outfits would ultimately have to join forces to take on the stronger sides on the national stage.

With the GAA to vote next month on proposals for Division 4 counties to compete in a 'B' championship, if and when they are defeated in their respective provincial tournaments, O'Shea has defended his alternative concept.

"I don't think it's that outlandish, really, and it's something that might happen," said the 25-year-old.

"I see things about Division 4 teams going into a 'B' championship.

"I think teams would like to take part in a competition that they have a chance of winning, and maybe I'm wrong, but if there was amalgamation of a county or two, then they might have an opportunity of winning.

"I think that's better than taking part in a competition when you know you're not going to win it."

O'Shea feels that the amalgamation of some counties for the purposes of the national rounds of the championship would be good for the game on several levels.

"I think it makes it more competitive, more marketable, bigger games, with less players playing,” the six-foot, four-inch attacker added.

"So, in it, there'd be more chance of professionalism."

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