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Published: 14:05 | 31/1/16

Gavin unhappy with early league start

Dublin beat Kerry in Croke Park

Dublin boss Jim Gavin believes the Allianz League shouldn’t start until after St Patrick’s Day.

Gavin, who saw his Dublin side began their league campaign with a six-point win over Kerry at Croke Park on Saturday night, says he was left to wonder why the league started in January.

“Why we’re playing the opening round of the National League in January is really beyond me, particularly with all the talk of the fixture restructuring.

“It just doesn’t make sense. We’re making the season longer. It’s taking away from players," Gavin said after his side's impressive league opener.

“They should probably be with the clubs at this time of year, not the county. It’s difficult for all teams.

“Any time after St Patrick’s Day would do me fine. There’s a lot going on with players in all counties between Sigerson, Fitzgibbon. A lot of club teams are back now.

Dublin were without a host of their big names on Saturday night due to injuries and club commitments and Gavin is adamant that changes need to be made to the GAA schedule.

“We’ve got a pre-season tournament. The club championships are on which is a fantastic competition.

“So the Árd Stiúrthoir and the Uachtarán have said there won’t be any more fixtures added to the fixture list of inter-county football.

“If that’s how they have influence and have decided things are going that’s fine.

“Then shorten the season and give the players back to the clubs, let them do their pre-season with the clubs and come back to the county later on in the season.”

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