Kerry star Paul Geaney believes a tiered football championship is "coming down the tracks", and said counties need the carrot of realistic silverware to help them make significant improvements.
RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly banged the drum for a new system on The Sunday Game when he suggested the GAA follow the example of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association [LGFA] in introducing a tiered system for the inter-county football championship.
The LGFA currently has three tiers of football which are divided into senior, intermediate and junior competitions.
Geaney sees sense in an overhaul to give smaller counties a genuine shot at some glory.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I'm yet to see the winners of a junior championship not celebrate their wins.
"I'm yet to see someone like Leitrim winning Division 4 and not celebrate their win. If there is a tiered championship it gives counties a realistic chance of winning silverware at the end of the tunnel.
"It works well in the hurling.
"You can't close the gaps unless you have competitive games and a goal for those players that are training hard. I think there probably will be [a tiered championship] eventually. It's just about how it's set up and how they go about doing it.
"Until there's equality across the board as well with, say All Stars, for the other competitions, as there is in the hurling for the Nicky Rackard and the Christy Ring... that'll help push it along.
"As a player you want to win. It's not all about winning, but that's where the real enjoyment is when you win.
"When you win silverware, they're the things you'll remember when you hang up the boots. There's merit in it and I think it's coming down the tracks."
Kerry kick off their provincial campaign with a Munster SFC semi-final against Clare in Ennis on 1 June.
The Kingdom are going for their seventh Munster crown on the bounce. They won't take the Banner for granted, but it's fair to say their supporters have a bigger scalp on the list: they want to stop the Dubs achieving the All-Ireland five-in-a-row.
"We have been good in Munster," Geaney added.
"We've been dominant the last couple of years. It's down to not taking your eye off the ball and giving every opposition the credit they deserve.
"We won't take our eye off the ball early in the Championship and we'll be hoping to get a win in Ennis in a couple of weeks' time.
"It's too early to say," he added when weighing up Kerry's chances of downing Dublin.
"There's a couple of teams that are capable of causing an upset. It is sport, and the wheel always turns, but in this instance it is tough to say that Dublin are going to be beaten because they have been invincible really in the last couple of years.
"I wouldn't say [the cracks] are appearing as such. They have been dominant in the league and they were less so this year but they have a couple players back now and I'm sure they'll get their house in order for the Championship.
"They are on the cusp of making history. Two in a row is extremely hard to do. We went to the All-Ireland final in 2015 after winning in 2014 and I remember after it thinking how tough that year was, just to get back to the final. We didn't [win] it.
"Dublin have just done two back-to-backs; they have four in a row. They are an incredible team with threats and leaders all over the field.
"We're a work in progress. We're young and I think the future is bright."