Michéal Quirke says Mayo won't be hindered by the extended break between games as they prepare for their second All-Ireland final in ten months.

The rescheduling of Kerry's semi-final against Tyrone for 28 August saw the All-Ireland SFC final pushed back by a fortnight to 11 September, leaving Mayo with a four-week break following their thrilling extra-time win over Dublin.

However, Quirke doesn’t think the delay will impact the Connacht champions.

Speaking on Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1, the four-time All-Ireland winner said: "Mayo is going to be bouncing, their supporters will be loving life for the next four weeks.

"After their performance and that result on Saturday, and the way they took down the kings of Gaelic football, I don’t think it’s going to have any effect.

"They’ll rest and recuperate for the next ten days, will sit back and enjoy watching Kerry and Tyrone take lumps out of each other.

"They’ll plan appropriately for whatever team they see coming down the tracks and deliver as much as they can in terms of looking to find ways to try and improve and get closer to their second-half performance against Dublin, as opposed to the lacklustre nature of that first 35."

Kerry and Tyrone will now face off on 28 August

Quirke said the right decision was reached in further delaying the second All-Ireland semi-final due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Tyrone camp.

The Ulster champions have been afforded an extra week’s recovery, with the GAA saying the revised schedule was finalised with the integrity of the championship in mind, and to ensure Kerry were not handed a walkover.

Quirke said: "You’d hope Tyrone are going to be back fit and healthy, and able to give a full-blooded account of themselves. It’s good that the GAA eventually came to the decision to put the game back an extra week.

"I know there’s a precedent there in terms of what happened Fermanagh last year when they had to travel to Clare and play a league game, and what happened to Sligo (who were forced to concede their 2020 Connacht Championship semi-final against Galway due to Covid-19 cases).

"But all these things aren’t created equal and when you’re dealing with All-Ireland semi-finals and the financial implications, and the implications on Kerry not having a game since they played Cork, all these things are probably factored in.

"Kerry’s statement that they were willing to play the game when it needed to be played, that they were willing to wait for Tyrone, that probably helped the situation as well. They’re as happy to get the game played.

"What impact will delaying the game have on Kerry? That remains to be seen but I think they’d still rather get that level of competitive game against Tyrone as opposed to a (walkover).

"There’s always going to be an asterisk over a championship win if Kerry had gotten a forfeit from Tyrone and then beaten Mayo. Nobody in Kerry, Mayo or Tyrone wants to see that happening.

"There are different implications in terms of the game getting moved back in terms of the science behind the training load. These teams are obviously trying to get themselves in the right place and produce a big performance on the day of the game. When that gets moved out it’s more difficult to do that more accurately.

"But the positive outweighs the negative in getting the game played."