Bonner hits out at Croke Park

November 24, 2017

Donegal manager Declan Bonner.
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Donegal manager Declan Bonner has hit out at Croke Park over their aim to keep April clear for club games.

Bonner feels that the month is an essential time in the preparation for the championship and he told the Donegal Democrat that with their clash against Cavan in May, it is vital for them to get work done during April.

A new format has been released for inter-county games which sees the season start at the end of December and finish in late August, but not all, including Bonner, are fans of the new system.

"April will be vital for our preparation," stated Bonner. "It's okay for counties that don't begin their championship games until June, but we have Cavan on May 13th.

"I know it is difficult for clubs to have to play without their county players and there will be certain players that will need football. We have our last game in the league at the end of March. I would envisage giving players a week off, but then our preparation for the championship would begin in earnest.

"The way the modern game is going, preparing a county team has to be a professional level or you will be left behind."

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