Former Offaly hurler Brian Carroll says it would be "extremely unfair" if the inter-county season preparations encroach into the period allocated for club action.

It comes as Club Players Association chairman Micheal Briody expressed fears that players being unavailable for club training days due to inter-county demands could come to pass, with inter-county training due to officially resume on 14 September.

Although 11 weeks have been allocated strictly for clubs games, some county boards remain under pressure from within to clear the way for their inter-county teams to quickly resume training which could lead to greatly condensed and compacted county championship formats, using only a small number of the 11 available weeks.

Carroll had made his feelings on the matter known on social media on Thursday:

Speaking to RTÉ 2fm's Game On, the 36-year-old said he was hopeful that Offaly would bolster the club game.

"I'm waiting to see what happens in Offaly, but I would like to think we have strong leadership in Michael Duignan and that he understands the importance of the club game, not only here in Offaly, but across the country," he said. 

"I just think it's extremely unfair to the ordinary club player. Bear in mind that I was an inter-county hurler for 14 years, so I have seen the other side of it.

"But considering we saw fantastic leadership by the GAA to allocate 11 weeks to the club, and that was extremely significant, considering the uncertainty and the disappointment for people at grassroots level that there was no game, whether it was club or county, for such a long period of the summer, it was hugely significant that we saw 11 weeks allocated to club.

"And for many people like me and the disappointing thing, would see counties try to finish up those club championships within three to four weeks so that they can concentrate on training the inter-county teams and I suppose that's just not good enough really." 

He added that in his view, it would be "good for players" if they could play in a viable club championship "within a reasonable time-frame".

"I just find this extremely disappointing to see this happen," he said.

"I know the inter-county is probably a runaway train, but for me it goes against the ideals of what the GAA is all about.

"We're looking for inclusivity for all players. We're looking for equity and fairness so that everybody can enjoy our game, not just for the few."

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