Dublin footballer Brian Fenton is hopeful the upcoming GAA Special Congress will lead to more games for all inter-county sides.

The congress is due to take place on Saturday week, 23 October, and it will vote on potential changes to the structure of the All-Ireland football championship.

The 'A' proposal would see provincial lines redrawn into four groups of eight counties, while the 'B' proposal would see the provincial championships played off in a round-robin format earlier in the year.

The latter proposal would see the league and championship tied together, with Division 1 and 2 counties, as well as the Division 3 and 4 champions, competing for the Sam Maguire.


Tipperary's Conor Sweeney in favour of a secondary football competition for Division 3 and 4 counties


The remaining counties in the lower two divisions would then compete in the Tailteann Cup.

The Gaelic Players' Association have come out in support of the 'B' proposal, with their CEO Tom Parsons saying it could "breathe life" into the football championship once more.

Fenton, who was speaking on RTÉ's Sunday Sport after his club Raheny were knocked out of the Go Ahead Dublin SFC, acknowledged that his main wish was that all inter-county players would see more games in the summer time.

"I haven't looked too much into it, but the one thing that stands out is more games," said the two-time footballer of the year.

"We've been very lucky in Dublin over the last number of years but I can't imagine the difficulty of having two games in the championship in a season and then you're knocked out, with all the preparation that goes into it.

"The more games the better, as players we love it. Less training because we'll be playing more games. The GPA are fully behind that 'B' structure and hopefully the county board officials from each county get behind it as well because I think it would be great for the game."

Fenton experienced a first championship defeat with Dublin against Mayo in August

Were proposal 'B' to become the new structure for the championship then the provincial championships would be moved earlier into the calendar year.

This has led some to suggest that their importance would be downgraded, in much the same way that early rounds of the Allianz League tend to be.

Conor Sweeney, who captained Tipperary to a first Munster SFC in 85 years last November, recently told RTÉ's Game On that he did have concerns about the provincial championship being given less respect under any such change.

But he also argued strongly that the traditional provincial boundaries should be retained, something which would not happen under the 'A' proposal.

Dublin have won 17 Leinster titles since the turn of the century, one ahead of Kerry's haul of 16 in Munster, and the Blues haven't lost a game in the eastern province since 2010.

But Fenton is still hopeful that there's a place in the game for provincial championships, even if they happen earlier in the year.

"People always talk about whether the provincial championships are dead," he began.

"We absolutely love it in Dublin, and we love competing for it. There have been a few counties in Leinster coming for out title over the last few years; Meath are coming, Kildare are coming.

"It's going to be ultra competitive again next year. Whatever way it comes we'll take them on and hopefully come out the other end of it."