There will be little, if any, change to the Wexford Senior hurling squad when they return to training in the Ferns Centre of Excellence on Tuesday of next week.
Manager Davy Fitzgerald admitted that he enjoyed the county hurling championship and was impressed with the standard, but he doesn't see foresee alterations to his own squad as they begin preparations for their provincial semi-final showdown with Galway.
Fitzgerald was impressed with a handful of players who are very much on his radar, if not for the 2020 championship, then with a view to joining his set-up in November to begin preparations for the 2021 Allianz League.
'I was very focused on the county championship and took some considerable time out to think things over,' he said.
'You know what, a number of players, perhaps four to five, caught my eye and I will be in contact with them. Right now it's not about change though as there is so much to consider,' he said.
'The current squad put in a huge pre-season before the lockdown and qualified for the league knockout stages. Their fitness could be seen in the club championship, so it might not be the opportune time to introduce those other players.
'They will not have had that pre-season behind them. I am thinking things over, I may have them in for some training, or else wait until the pre-season for 2021.
'I have not fully made up my mind, there's a lot to think over, but these players have caught my eye. I'm anxious to have them in, so perhaps they could be in yet, but they are part of my plans into the future.'
Fitzgerald was hugely impressed with the club championship. 'What impressed me is the way the clubs are adapting to a new style of hurling. Look, hurling is simple, I encourage players to keep it simple, the handpassing, the striking, first touch, a gameplan, moving the ball across and around the pitch, that's what makes hurling so interesting,' he said.
'The clubs benefited from playing successive weekends. That's great for players, particularly their skill levels. Games each weekend, training during the week, it made a massive difference.
'Wexford's championship was a success but I would like to stress that I had no input into the manner in which it was played. It had nothing to do with me.
'The County Board decided, no doubt taking into account that hurling is much better on a firm sod. It will also benefit football as they will have competitive championship games leading in to their return which is ideal preparation for their remaining National League games,' he noted.
'We have a lot of potential coming through. That's the heartening thing about the club championship, so the next two years will be interesting.'
Regarding the next moves for his squad, Fitzgerald has no worries. 'I am confident there will be a championship whether it will be behind closed doors or with a limited crowd, we will just have to wait and see.
'But for the life of me I cannot understand why supporters were not allowed to attend club championships. We have top-class county grounds in every county, so social distancing would not have been a problem.
'I am looking forward to having the squad back. The lead in to the championship may not be ideal, as we will not have the same period as in other years, but we will just take it and get on with it. I will have no problem getting the players motivated once they are back.'
Fitzgerald believed the proposal to adapt defined periods for club and inter-county action is a 'no-brainer' and should be given every consideration going forward.
'We could start in January with the National League. Once the league is finished, then have a short break before commencing the inter-county championship. That could be played right through with the All-Ireland finals in July,' he suggested.
'Even with that, the inter-county would be down to possibly four teams in both hurling and football by the end of June, leaving part of June, into July, August, September and October to have the club championship.'
Under one new proposal, it would provide a 23-week inter-county season, leaving the players free then to return to their clubs.
'The structure this year saw the players enjoy themselves, having their full complement of players to prepare for the club championship. The inter-county players saw more time with their clubs which was ideal for everyone.
'Every parish is alive and vibrant with their clubs thriving, playing games in the summer. It has been a breath of fresh air. Despite these difficult times, the club pitches are full from under-age to adult, with hurling, football, camogie and ladies' football.
'The club is the fulcrum of the whole Association and the GAA pitch is at the heart of every parish. It's great to have had county players involved with their clubs. I always encourage that, whether it be hurling or football.
'You can see the hurlers now enjoying the football with their clubs. I always encourage that,' Fitzgerald added.
He stressed that we need an inter-county championship, saying it's crucial for Irish society.
'We need it, Irish society needs it, and the elderly people need it. The games would be on TV or live streamed, it would be something for them to look forward to in these terrible times.
'It's been six months since the virus has come into our lives. It's something we have to live with, we just have to be responsible. It could still be with us next year so inter-county games would act as a distraction. The virus would not be part of every conversation,'he suggested.
'For our older people who have spent hours and hours every week watching matches on the television or on live streams, it helps them get through the weeks and months. It gives them so much more to converse about.'
Right now Fitzgerald is hoping his players come through the football championship unscathed. Following the rigours of the hurling championship he has no fresh injury concerns to report.