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Pat Spillane Wants To See A Split Inter-County Season

Pat Spillane Wants To See A Split Inter-County Season
By PJ Browne

Pat Spillane believes the new inter-county football schedule is "too condensed" and that the championship is being "played off too fast". This year's All-Ireland hurling final will be played on July 17th, and the football final a week later.

"Bear in mind that you have 60-something games this year, you're going to have 90-something in the format [next year]," Spillane told RTÉ.

"I think it favours the strong counties, this concise [schedule] - the strong counties with the big panels, and the subs bench. I think it's very unfair against the weaker counties.

"You look at a county like Wexford. They were third-last in Division 4, had a great victory over Offaly, and then six days - six days later! - they have to go in and face Dublin, who had six weeks of a break, had a training camp in Portugal. Louth, no different. They beat Carlow, and seven days later they had to face Kildare."

Spillane wants to see a split inter-county season.

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"First of all, the All-Ireland should be played at the end of August," he said.

"We cannot take our shop window products - inter-county football and hurling - out of the shop window for six months at the end of July, and not come back until January.

"My solution is very simple: A split inter-county season. One year you have inter-county hurling for the first six months, you have inter-county football for the second six months.

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"The following season, you alternate. Vice-versa, for the first six months when you have inter-county hurling, you then play club football.

"You have 12 month season with high profile games. At the moment, the GAA championships are speed dating. Blink and it's gone."

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