Donoghue calls for unlimited substitutions during Allianz Leagues

April 19, 2021

Tipperary's Noel McGrath being introduced as a second half substitute in the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final.
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Former Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue says teams should be allowed an unlimited number of substitutions throughout the upcoming Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues.

Inter-county teams can resume training from today following a four-month lay-off due to government Covid-19 restrictions.

The Allianz Leagues are set to get underway on May 8th and Donohoe believes that allowing teams to make more than five substitutions in both codes can help to avoid injuries during what will be a hectic period for games.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Sport, the 2017 All-Ireland winning boss said: "They're back this week, it will be three weeks before the league commences and you're straight into a five-game programme over six weeks.

"Up until now players would have been training on their own so the biggest things for the management teams would be to get everyone up to the same level.

"I’d like to see the GAA saying for the duration of the league that there could be unlimited substitutes, so that management are afforded the opportunity to use as many players as possible.

"When you’re coming back into training like this, everything is coming so quick. You don’t want players to get overloaded or pick up unnecessary injuries.

"The league, particularly this year, is just going to be about getting ready for the championship."

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