Stars Can Cash In

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The GAA is poised to review its rules and regulations on amateurism.

Croke Park issued a statement yesterday outlining a decision to look at the existing rules.

This comes in light of the emergence of a new sports agency which will launch its Irish operation in Dublin next week.

The agency has already had talks with some of Ireland's leading hurling and football stars.

D.J Carey (Kilkenny), Nicky English (Tipperary) and Mark O'Connor (Cork) have already been linked with Pro-Active Ireland, the sports management company headed by Jerry Kelly which will launch its product next Wednesday.

That has caused speculation that GAA bosses are ready to rescind the ancient laws of amateurism and bend the rules to favour the players.

Sherlock is already on the books of the company which has a sister operation in England, run by Kevin Moran.

But many more GAA stars look set to link up with the new company.

The Croke Park statement was terse but it was almost certainly a direct response to the emergence of Pro-Active. …