Philly McMahon has backed the decision to hold the inter-county campaign in the earlier than usual in the new year and feels the split season is a "good idea".

The multiple Dublin All-Ireland winner was part of the panel which beat Mayo on 19 December to win a sixth All-Ireland SFC final in a row, with the 2020 championship significantly delayed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But if they are to make it to seventh decider on the trot, they and their rivals will be aiming for an 18 July date after the GAA announced  that inter-county would come before club in the 2021 calendar. Club action is then set to commence on the weekend of 24-25 July

"When you look at how good the club championship was this year across the country, it was refreshing," he said on RTÉ's The Marty Morrissey Show on Monday.

"It was great for my club [Ballymun Kickhams] particularly because we have six Dublin players, so we really got together and we showed that when we can get together as a group, that we can perform at a really good level and we won the Dublin championship.

"I think having the split season is a very good idea. It's going to be tough for inter-county players that maybe got to the All-Ireland semi-final and final to get started again.

"But that gratitude of being able to put the jersey on and get out and play football, I don't think anybody will take that for granted."  

The Ballymun Kickhams clubman also discussed the impact of not playing in front of supporters at Croke Park.

"It was very different. You're running out into an empty stadium, you hear the music as the teams run out and you run out into that empty stadium and the energy is a little bit less," he admitted.

"But even when you're scoring, there's no cheer. When the game's in the melting pot or a team has a purple patch, you're trying to seek that energy from the fans, it's not there.

"Even when we won this year, picking up the Sam Maguire, we weren't actually allowed to bring it over to Hill 16 to take a picture with it.

"So all these things... it's something you probably don't want to see again, as a player certainly. The fans for me are what definitely make the game when you're playing it."