Former Dublin star Eamonn Fennell believes the GAA is right to put club before inter-county games as the organisation figures out how to make a safe return to the field.

GAA President John Horan has suggested that if the current two-metre social distancing guidelines were relaxed it may influence when Gaelic games can take place, with clubs set to get priority.

Some had suggested that it would be easier to start off with the inter-county championships due to the smaller numbers involved.

But Fennell, who won an All-Ireland in 2011 with the Dubs, thinks that a step-by-step approach, ramping up to the senior ranks is the right way to go.

"It would be tough no matter what way it comes back," Fennell, a St Vincent's clubman, told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"If it was county first, you'd have people questioning the decision.

"From a club point of view, the communities, people want to get back to the pitches, back to the GAA club. Now, in what shape or form I don't know.

"But we all just want to get back playing, as players we are training away but we want to have something to aim for. We are all ticking along and it's Groundhog Day."

The GAA has previously said that it doesn't envisage inter-county championship games taking place before October.

Fennell added: "Inter-county is very demanding and I know the guys are still training away, individual and collective programmes but getting back into that set-up and the hype and hysteria that will be around it, even though there'll be nobody in the stadium, the streaming aspect of it, if it is broadcast live, that comes with a whole heap of pressure as well.

"There's going to be so many eyes on it.

"I think the right approach is to get the inter-county players back through the club scene, get them match-ready, build up their confidence a bit and then bring them back in to the county."