“It’s a bit unfair on players. The GAA didn’t handle it properly. We should have got more time, everybody should have got more time to [prepare]. It should have been pushed out to six or seven weeks.”
Former Kerry star Kieran Donaghy felt that the short pre-season window was unfair on GAA players.
Gaelic football teams had four weeks of training before their first league game, while hurlers only had three weeks to prepare.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Kerry forward gave his thoughts on the situation.
Kieran Donaghy is working with Sky Sports as a GAA pundit.
“It’s a bit unfair on players. The GAA didn’t handle it properly. We should have got more time, everybody should have got more time to [prepare],” Donaghy said.
“It should have been pushed out to six or seven weeks. These players, in the middle of the pandemic last year in October and November, put themselves in harm’s way.
“They put their families in harm’s way to give us a product, to give us something to watch every week, to give people that outlet at the weekend to cheer on a team.
“And I think that the kickback to that should have been to ensure that at least for those players, they get a proper amount of time to get ready for a condensed season. That didn’t happen and that was wrong.
“It’s been incredibly unfair for players.”
Kieran Donaghy was footballer of the year in 2006.
Kieran Donaghy won four All-Ireland titles with Kerry from 2006-2014 and he retired at the end of the 2018 season.
Donaghy’s former county had a perfect start to their 2021 GAA championship season, with the Kingdom easing to a 17-point win over Clare.
The former Austin Stacks player will hope that no Kerry player picks up an injury that could rule them out of the business end of the championship.