At the age of 42, Johnny Doyle still lines out for his club. In fact, he hasn't missed a championship game for Allenwood since 1996. 

"I play away, I don't get too bogged down in what age I am," was his response when asked on 2fm's Game On how he manages to prolong his career.

"I still to try to prove myself everytime I go out on the field, whether it's for five minutes as a sub, or whether I'm in from the off. That's the approach I have had from the first day I put on a pair of boots."

And while the two-time Leinster championship winner with Kildare is still in the thick of it for his club, there was a time back in the spring with Covid-19 at its peak that he thought we would not see any action on the field of play until 2021.

"We're in bonus territory," he revealed.

"I didn't think we'd have any games when listening to John Horan on The Sunday Game back in May.

"We're all glad to be back playing, even though we miss the buzz of the crowd."

On Tuesday evening, the Government again delayed increasing the number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings, meaning that sporting attendances must remain at 200.

"You would be concerned with regard to inter-county games"

By and large, Doyle goes along with any directives from the Government and health authorities, though he singled out an "inconsistent" approach as to why a shopping centre can allow 500 people to gather and big stadia around the country can still only permit 200 people. 

"I was talking to a chairperson and they told me it would be better to have club games behind closed doors - too much hassle in deciding who to let in."

As the figures for those contracting Covid-19 have risen in recent weeks, Doyle urges caution as to whether the inter-county can commence in the autumn. 

"We're heading into flu season, so any cough or cold will have to be taken seriously.

"You would be concerned with regard to inter-county games. There is a lot of uncertainty. If the number rise, will we even get to finish the club championship?"