The GAA has asked counties to submit projected team budgets ahead of the 2021 Allianz Leagues and championships.

Those budgets are due to be submitted to Croke Park tomorrow evening.

Officials held a virtual inter-county treasurers' meeting last Thursday to discuss the huge financial challenges in the months ahead in relation to preparing inter-county teams for action.

With the huge surge in Covid-19 cases, the GAA has pressed pause on all activity until 31 January.

In the current climate, with infectious cases spreading through communities, the prospect of a delay to the commencement of inter-county activity is also possible.

At last week’s virtual meeting, county board treasurers expressed concern over how they could prepare teams for upcoming inter-county competition with income streams greatly dented.

Prior to the pandemic, a single training session for an inter-county team was estimated to cost up to €4,500, with travel expenses being the main cost for rural counties. The rate paid was reduced from 65c per mile to 50c per mile in October 2020. 

Queries were made as to how teams could be funded to play in both competitions if no central funds were forthcoming from the Government, which provided €15m to run the 2020 championships, or without gate receipts from attendances, with the likelihood of crowds returning to games any time soon looking remote.

There were also enquiries on state funding assistance for the 2021 season, but treasurers were told that, as of yet, there has been nothing concrete from the Government on this issue.

The meeting was also told that discussions were ongoing with the Gaelic Players Association as administrators and players prepare for the 2021 season.

Meanwhile, Mayo GAA has advertised the position of Operations and Finance Manager to help assisting the county executive in formulating long and short-term objectives and priorities

The successful candidate will report to the Mayo Chairperson and work closely with both Connacht GAA and the office of the Ard Stiúrthóir at Croke Park.

The advert states that the Operations & Finance Manager will be responsible for administering and managing the financial activities of Mayo GAA whilst supporting the strategic direction of the GAA in the county.

In other news, Brian Cody looks set to be tonight reappointed as Kilkenny senior hurling manager for the 23rd season in succession.