Kings of September could become Kings of August before long.
Liam O'Neill admits the GAA is considering moving the All-Ireland finals forward by a month. The idea is being looked at as part of a plan that would see the club championships played off in the calendar year.
Donal Óg Cusack, Padriac Duffy and O'Neill himself are part of a working group looking at running off the entire club championship in the calendar year, and O'Neill says the structure of the inter-county season would have to be re-examined if that goal is to be achieved.
I think that the idea of running the competitions within the calendar year will force us to make decisions along the line and force us to change the inter-county structure and the sequence in which we play our games. That has to open up gaps and the idea of changing it will be to open up gaps for more weekends for club activity and we’ll be trying to do that — not so much changing structures as changing schedules.
Duffy is strongly against the idea of moving the All-Ireland finals forward by a month, and last year spoke against a motion proposing they be moved forward by one week.