The existing three-year agreement between the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is now up for renewal.

Under the last agreement, the GPA received a baseline €2.5million or 15% of the GAA's commercial income – whichever is higher – as well as other payments. And those other payments could push the figure out beyond €6m.

For Colm O'Rourke it's a bad deal. He makes no bones about it. He has voiced his disapproval before, stating that such monies would be better spent helping clubs who need grants for pitches and dressing rooms. 

This week saw the GPA publish its annual report where the body turned over more than €7.5m in revenue last year. Core funding from the GAA almost was 39% of that figure. 

Speaking on the latest edition of the RTÉ GAA Podcast, O'Rourke, while accepting the the need for a players body, highlighted a somewhat negative perception of the GPA.

"If you mention the word GPA to most club players, they would frown," said the two-time All-Ireland winner.

"I do think the players need a union and Paul Flynn (GPA CEO) would seem to be popular among the players.

"The strangest thing is that I was part of the original players union that was set up in the 1970s. Robbie Kelleher from Dublin and Johnny Callinan from Clare were key behind it.

"We found it difficult to get off the ground. It was more or less ignored by the GAA at the time. 

"I was supportive of a move to set up an independent players organisation, which became the GPA.

"It's just the way it has developed.

"Trips to America, bringing Americans over to play golf in Ireland, high-profile banquets. What's this got to do with the games?

"You are taking money out of Boston and New York - money that would be better served to promote games there.

"The GPA get over €6m from the GAA. That is not a good deal for the GAA. At central level, they have folded."

The former Meath player's assertion that a players body is needed is also borne out of what he feels are the "excessive demands" placed on inter-county players and their willingness to accept the regime.

He said: "Players seem to be like sheep - very few players now with strong personalities. We have what's considered to be best educated, most intelligent player. They are willing to take any kind of punishment and put up with it - training up to five nights a week. 

"The way counties are flogging their players - it would not be accepted in my time."

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