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Tier 2 championship will test the commitment of players | Mickey Quinn

Despite his assertion that there is a general consensus for change, Longford's Mickey Quinn is not convinced that the GAA's rushed revamp of the senior football championship will satisfy this need. 

One of Division Three's middle-ranking teams with a view to moving upward, Mickey Quinn can see the benefits of the Tier 2 championship from a Longford point of view.

"It is something that counties in around that standard will see as a good thing," he suggested on Thursday's OTB AM. "We could end up playing three or four in the Leinster championship and then into a second-tier competition where you might get four there.

"Everyone wants to play more games."

Unlike a certain proportion of delegates who voted in the change to the championship structure at the GAA's Special Congress last weekend, however, Quinn's thoughts on the matter go beyond what it may do for him personally.

"What opened my eyes is that it might not necessarily be for a Division Four team or lower Division Three team," he admitted. "Their needs aren't the same as ours and that's where the difficulty comes in.

"It's not one-size-fits-all and it feels like it was rushed through."

The overwhelming reception to the proposed Tier 2 championship as it currently stands, the initial excitement Mickey Quinn possessed regarding the introduction of a tiered-championship has failed to encompass the GAA's quick-fix solution.

A measure of the GAA's rushed approach came by way of the overlooked Fixture Calendar Review Task Force.

Announced in late May, John Horan, the association's President, suggested that it would be worthwhile to explore the various ways in which concerned bodies could solve the GAA's nationwide issue with running off an efficient, reliable source of fixtures.

Charged with bringing their proposals to the GAA's Annual Congress next year, the introduction of a radically different championship structure renders a lot of this work meaningless.

"Why set up a committee like that where their sole task is to come up with solutions and recommendations only not to pay heed to it," a baffled Micky Quinn asked. "It just doesn't make sense."

The apparent disregard for players' needs and wants, combined with a Tier 2 competition that has yet to prove sufficiently alluring, has Quinn worried that certain players will simply not wish to make the necessary commitment to the inter-county game.

"Let's say the likes of Longford went out of the Leinster championship early," he suggested. "We're going to be sitting a long time waiting before the Tier 2 championship comes along.

"That's where the difficulty arises because players won't commit. You'll be back in club mode for six weeks or whatever, and then try to get back on the horse again.

"That's going to cause issues."

You can watch Mickey Quinn and Kieran Donaghy discuss all the changes brought about at the GAA's Special Congress here

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