Kevin McStay says he is delighted to see clubs being given “breathing room” since the GAA season returned last month.
Speaking on RTE Radio 1's Sunday Sport programme, the former Roscommon boss said that this season should not be a once off when it comes to prioritising clubs.
"It really has given the clubs breathing room. Last Sunday, (I was at) Breaffy and Ballina Stephenites, I think both clubs had five or six county panelists as starters,” said McStay.
"They were all out there with their clubs, no interference. So far as I know, they've all been at club training, and really getting stuck in, and loving being with their clubs.
"And isn't that the natural way it should be?
"I don't know what the solution is going to be in 2020, but it has to be based somewhere loosely around the idea that players are club players, first and foremost.
"I'd be a big believer in that. I don't have all the answers to it. But what I'm seeing at the moment seems like a good start."Tweet