The JSP has learned Usher Celtic will represent the AUL in the Oscar Traynor Trophy this season.
The competition, which has in recent seasons lost a bit of the huge esteem it was once held in, is a cross league contest.
The combatants are usually teams made up of the best available players from around the divisions of each league.
It seems most entrants including last years champions the Carlow Soccer League will retain the pick the best players competing within the league policy, but the Athletic Union League have opted to enter their champions to represent them.
A strong Usher side will now compete on behalf of the league in the 2018/19 installment.
The Leinster Senior League, who like the AUL were often deemed one to watch, tried something similar in recent years as they entered Crumlin’s Saturday side into the contest.
While some have argued the benefits of having one core group competing it takes away a lot of the gloss from the competition.
The is always an air of intrigue surrounding squad selections that generates the kind of interest that has continually been waning.
Not too mention it’s a massive opportunity missed to reward players who because of club choice may not pick up many team accolades for good performances.
The draw for the tournament is said to have been made, but hasn’t been publicly released as of yet, something which may play a part in the trouble creating the same kind of excitement that once greeted the tournament.