The Gaelic Players Association has hit out at a proposal that could see senior club championship games in Cork proceed without county players.

On Tuesday night, Cork County Board delegates were presented with three options for reform of the club calendar.

Two of those involved playing championship games either side of the All-Ireland SFC and SHC championships  in April and/or August while a third possibility was for group games to ahead in May, June and July but only for half points.

"Across all consultation forums there was a clear dissatisfaction with club championship programmes," a Cork GAA report stated. "There was also a desire for more championship games and greater certainty with regard to dates. 

"Therefore, the requirement to reform our own championship structures was clear. Integral to any positive outcome in this regard would be a definite calendar for club games."

However, the GPA believes that the 'half-points' option is "not fair or sensible" and points out that its members are also "very proud club members".

"It is not fair or sensible that the opportunity for GPA members to represent their clubs could be taken out of their hands as part of a proposed restructuring of the Championship," said a statement.

"We all understand that the issue of fixture scheduling and backlogs is complex and multi-faceted. The organisation of a club fixture calendar differs from county to county and there are a number of counties that facilitate a comprehensive club fixture schedule.

"The responsibility lies with the clubs in each individual county through their representation at county board level to guarantee that an appropriate programme of games is put in place to meet the needs of club players and one that also supports the ambition of their county players and their county team.

"All 2,300 GPA members are very proud club members.They are role models for their clubs on a national level with many also heavily involved in coaching, fundraising and administrative operations.

"At a time when the demands on inter-county players have never been greater, as highlighted in the recent ESRI report, the sense of pride for inter county players remains strong."