Donegal defender Eamon McGee has called on the GAA to revise their championship structure and make the All-Ireland series more balanced for all counties involved.
Ulster is without doubt the most competitive province in Ireland, and has traditionally always been the most competitive.
Armagh, Tyrone and Donegal have all captured All-Ireland titles over the last twelve years, but they all had had to first come through a bruising championship in Ulster.
Donegal stalwart McGee reckons Ulster teams are at a massive disadvantage due to the competitiveness of the Ulster Championship, and as a result other counties in Ireland have a big advantage over northern teams.
Donegal face Tyrone in a preliminary fixture in Ulster in May, and if they overcome that Rory Gallagher’s side will have to face Armagh who they narrowly defeated in the All-Ireland series last year in the quarter-final of the Ulster Championship.
If they manage to overcome Armagh, they then have to overcome the winners of Derry and Down just to reach the Ulster Final.
McGee has said the time has now come for the whole championship format to be revised and re-structured.
McGee told The Irish News, ” think they should take a look at the championship system.
“Ulster teams have to be at full throttle from the start of the season and there is not a chance of a gradual build-up.
“We will be going flat out from the first game and this is just not right.
“Kerry, Dublin or Mayo don’t have to go through the same rigours as the rest of us and certain teams are kept apart.
“So in Ulster we are not on the same level playing field as the rest of the country so it is time something was done about this inequality.
McGee and the majority off the Donegal side that featured in September’s All-Ireland defeat to Kerry are being rested for the Dr McKenna Cup.
Rory Gallagher is using the competition to try and unearth some future talents for the forthcoming season.
An experimental Donegal side was comfortably beaten by Derry at Owenbeg on Sunday.
Donegal face Queen’s University Belfast in the second game of the competition this Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park. (2pm throw-in)