Kingston keen for extended league campaign before championship

March 30, 2021

Cork manager Kieran Kingston during his side's win over Dublin

Cork manager Kieran Kingston says he hopes that this year’s Allianz Hurling League will take place before the All-Ireland championship.

The GAA is currently waiting on word over whether inter-county team can potentially return to training as the 2021 season remains delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to, Kingston says that he’d love to see an extended league campaign once lockdown lifts.

“From our perspective, of course you’d love an extended National League campaign to give lads a bit of game-time,” the Rebels boss said.

“There’s a big gap between U20 and senior in every sense of the word. Even if fellas are physically ready and hurling ready, there’s a mental side to stepping up.

“Blooding guys in the Munster league and National League, as previously done, has been a plus, I’d put it that way. What we need is a campaign that will give us as many games as possible as we evolve and develop.

“The one positive is that it’s a level playing field this year, which it wasn’t last year in terms of the amount of time teams had to prepare for championship.”

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