The Kerry hurlers are not going to complain about the Allianz League structures, which sees them face Offaly for a place in Division 1B.
The Kingdom won five games from five in the regular season before defeating Carlow last weekend in a promotion play-off.
However, the current system now sees them having to play Offaly, who lost a relegation play-off to Antrim two weeks ago, in order to win promotion.
County liaison officer Ger McCarthy told RTÉ Sport: “There’s no doubt about it, it is of course [hard] but that’s the system, it’s out of our hands.
“We’d a great run, we’d five out of five, you’d think that’s enough to get you up to 1B but it’s [down to] the powers that be.
“The strong counties don’t want to go back down but that’s out of our hands and we’ll just have to deal with what’s in front of us.”
"We’d five out of five, you’d think that’s enough to get you up"
McCarthy added that the focus now turns to old football rivals Offaly for Saturday evening's clash in Thurles, 6.30pm.
He said: “Our focus was on winning last Sunday and now our focus turns to Offaly on the weekend.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge. Offaly and ourselves always had great encounters going back [down] the years.
“Offaly are a fine strong side and a good side and, obviously, they won’t want to come down to 2A.”