"It's not the way forward when you see some of the draws"

April 12, 2021

Derry's Chrissy McKaigue. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Derry captain Chrissy McKaigue doesn’t feel a straight knock-out championship is the way forward for inter-county football.

Last week, the GAA outlined its roadmap for the 2021 season which will see the Allianz Leagues get underway next month and they will be followed by the football and hurling championships later in the summer.

For the second year running, a knock-out football championship will be used and, speaking to Sportsound, says it isn’t the way forward when it comes to development of the competition.

"It's not the way forward when you see some of the draws," he said.

"For example, last year you had Kerry, who would have been one of the favourites to compete with Dublin, knocked out in the first game by Cork and their season was over.

"Yes, there is a different type of excitement and almost a certain amount of romance with it, but I don't think for the development of our competition it's the way forward.

"At this stage, having a competition is better than no competition so it's going to be knockout."

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