"The GAA is really caught in a tricky one"

January 27, 2021

Brendan Cummins during his stint as a Kerry senior hurling selector

Inter-county teams will need a “minimum of four weeks” preparation time in advance of the commencement of the Allianz football and hurling leagues, according to former Tipperary netminder Brendan Cummins.

The GAA are expected to respond to yesterday’s Government’s announcement that the national lockdown is to be extended until March 5th in the coming days and it is widely anticipated that the current ban on inter-county training will fall into line with that date.

That means the proposed start date for the Allianz leagues is likely to be pushed back to the end of March and, speaking on RTE Radio 1’s ‘Morning Ireland’ this morning, Cummins outlined: “Obviously we are in the middle of a national lockdown with the restriction of movement being key to its success.

“The GAA is really caught in a tricky one for the returning to training and the return to play.

“I think players and management will want a minimum of four weeks lead time into the league and I think it will be kicked back, tentatively looking maybe at the end of March.”

He added: “You could then try to get the Championship kicked off maybe in the middle of May and hopefully have it run off by August to allow the club to take off once the vaccine kicks in and it becomes a safer place for people to get out and about from a club point of view.”

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