RTÉ GAA analyst Brendan Cummins believes a minimum of four weeks of full training will be required for teams ahead of the Allianz League, with priority remaining on playing the inter-county season.

The former Tipperary goalkeeper sees the GAA being in a "tricky" situation in trying to get their season up and running amid a challenging time in day-to-day to life because of the Covid-19 landscape.

Despite being an amateur sport, Gaelic Games have been classed as elite sport and teams are permitted to train, but the GAA itself has banned collective work.

The 5 March date for the extended lockdown will bring the Republic of Ireland in line with similar restrictions in Northern Ireland.

It is not expected that inter-county collective training will resume before this date.

With hundreds of players balancing work and sport, it remains a quandary.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1, he said: "Obviously we are in the middle of a national lockdown with the restriction of movement being key to its success. The GAA is really caught in a tricky one for the returning to training and the return to play.

"I think players and management will want a minimum of four weeks lead time into the league and I think it will be kicked back, tentatively looking maybe at the end of March.

"Splitting the league groups and having three games in the league, rather than the five or six, and tailoring that back [will help finish the league].

"You could then try to get the Championship kicked off maybe in the middle of May and hopefully have it run off by August to allow the club to take off once the vaccine kicks in and it becomes a safer place for people to get out and about from a club point of view."

With a vaccine rollout programme set to gradually grow over the year, it gives hopes for crowds, of greater numbers than dozens or hundreds, to return to stadiums in autumn and winter.

Such a development could see an argument for the inter-county games to be pushed back until the end of the year.

But Cummins thinks airing on the side of caution is the way to go.

"That would be the dream and the hope for all of us as sporting people to have that positive outlook. I think the inter-county stuff is nearly committed to going first and is the way it'll work.

"There is certainly uncertainty over the vaccine and I don't see 6,000 to 7,000 at the Tipperary county final next December.

"I think we have to be careful to make sure we don't slip back in any way and cost more lives. All sides will try to do their best in a very uncertain situation. I think the inter-county will be the first to kick off."