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Armagh and Dublin to start training earlier

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Armagh, Fermanagh and Dublin football teams will return to training earlier than expected after successfully appealing the original dates they were given.

A new staggered return to inter-county training is in place this winter ahead of the 2013 season, replacing the blanket collective training ban for November and December, which has been in place over recent seasons.

In the new system, teams can start pre-season training earlier than before, with their exact start date determined by when they exited the championship the previous year.

Armagh and Fermanagh will now be able to return to training this Thursday, having appealed a decision which had them down to start on December 1, while Dublin will be allowed begin training under new boss Jim Gavin much earlier than expected, on December 8.

Any teams that exited the championship in August will be able to resume training on that date, and although Dublin lost their All-Ireland semi-final on September 2, they successfully appealled to resume on December 8 as the other beaten semi-finalists, Cork, had exited the championship on August 26.

Armagh and Fermanagh had been in a similar situation, exiting the championship at the start of July, when other teams who exited at the same stage as them had gone out in late June and were down to resume training before them. Now Armagh and Fermanagh, along with teams who exited in June, will resume training this Thursday.

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