Former All-Ireland-winning Wexford hurling manager Liam Griffin believes the current fixture hiatus presents an opportunity to "seriously examine" the GAA's championship structures.

Speaking on RTÉ 2fm Game On, Griffin, who is a member of the Club Players Association (CPA), believes the time is ripe for an overhaul.

"The fixture system in the GAA is definitely in need of a massive overhaul to make the inter-county game better and the club game better," he said.

"The club game is suffering greatly. I'm part of the CPA, so I might as well declare my point on that.

"I think this is a great time to reflect on the overall situation and see do we need a better plan and sit down and consider it.

"And I would encourage the GAA to do that. If something good can come out of this, they can come up with  a better plan for how we're playing our games at the moment because the club player is suffering greatly under the present system.

"Because we have two leagues in effect. There is a  National Hurling League and then the All-Ireland Championship is essentially a league as well.

"I think there is a way of doing it and we put down a plan on how to do it and I think we can improve it for everybody."

He added: "Now that we have this hiatus and we have a stop, we should be seriously examining where we're going and come up with a proper blueprint to start next year with a whole new brand looking GAA that's fit for purpose for everybody if we're sincere about it."

Griffin also stated that in his view, "we can well afford maybe to take a few hits on big games just to give the club player a better chance" and also suggested consulting with voices from other sports.

"In our game, it all goes back to your club and any All-Ireland final that we won, we had 13 different clubs represented of the 15 players on the field and that was a great thrill to have that cross-section across the entire county," he said in reference to his Wexford team.