The Gaelic Players Association has reiterated its call for players to be allowed to attend county training once their club has been eliminated from championship, and defended their members from perceived "sustained negative discourse surrounding inter-county players".

The inter-county players' body acknowledged the GAA's embargo on inter-county training before 14 September, but said it would be "highly negligent" of the GPA to not seek insurance cover for their members, should individual county boards sanction training before that date, an arrangement that is not currently in place.

As it stands the GAA has said it won't seek to punish counties that break the training embargo.

Former Offaly hurlers Michael Duignan and Brian Carroll have both been critical of the possibility of clubs being left without their county players.

"We don't want to see situations where certain players are not even training for their clubs at the moment, and there are strong rumours out there that the counties are already taking precedence ahead of their clubs, and that is a sad situation," Carroll told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

And incoming GAA president Larry McCarthy also spoke of the dangers to the organisation becoming "obsessed with seeing the elite"

Now the GPA have issued a statement following what it claims is "sustained negative discourse surrounding inter-county players". 

The GPA says it has been part of the GAA Covid-19 Advisory Committee and its roadmap "clearly highlights that there should be no collective inter-county training prior to 14 September."

The statement, however, called "to have such training covered by the GAA Injury Benefit Scheme, should these sessions be sanctioned by their respective counties" and said "it is the role of each county board to ensure that these training sessions are not sanctioned prior to the agreed dates." 

The body said it wants players to be allowed "to return to inter-county training once their involvement in club championship action is complete".