The Club Players' Association have given their backing to a 'county first' approach to the 2021 fixtures programme, currently being considered by Croke Park. 

The GAA are currently mulling over two comprehensive plans for next season. One draft shows the scheduling for inter-county to play first, while the other focuses on what a club-first system would like.

At a meeting last week, the majority of county chairpersons came out in favour of the inter-county season being played before the club season in 2021, with the leagues and All-Ireland expected to run from late February to mid July.

Now the CPA have come out to give their support to playing the inter-county season before club competitions get underway.

A spokesperson for the group said, "There is still great concern and uncertainty around the pandemic, and we are nowhere near what we would consider 'normal' condition for training and matches. The health and well being of players and their families absolutely has to be the primary driver in deliberations.

"Given the numbers involved and the practicalities, not to mention the impact on participation levels and underage games, it is entirely logical that clubs must start after county competitions have concluded.

"The Six counties in Ulster are heading into a restrictive lockdown that will place significant restrictions on all sport including training and matches, until at least the start of February."

"In the rest of Ireland, it will be impossible to plan or play any club competitions until Level 2 or lower is implemented country wide. This means that it will most likely be towards the end of March at the earliest before clubs could even hope to return, taking account of statements made by the Tanaiste this week."