Later this week, the GAA annual congress will rubber stamp a new football championship structure for 2023 – one which gives the national league a significant role as gatekeeper of the All-Ireland series.
Lest we forget, however, that role gets off to an early start this year with teams in the twilight zone between Divisions Two and Three already subject to nagging anxieties as to whether they’ll be contesting the Sam Maguire or the newly introduced Tier Two Tailteann Cup.
For all that the more radical relocation of the league to the summer was ultimately rejected, the competition has grown and grown in importance from an activity for counties betwe …