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'I can see no problem with it running into January' - Cooney calls on GAA to keep back door system

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Westmeath boss Jack Cooney says the qualifiers give counties that are looking to make strides the opportunity to build up momentum. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Westmeath boss Jack Cooney says the qualifiers give counties that are looking to make strides the opportunity to build up momentum. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Westmeath boss Jack Cooney says the qualifiers give counties that are looking to make strides the opportunity to build up momentum. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Westmeath boss Jack Cooney has urged GAA fixture chiefs not to abandon the 'back door' as they finalise plans for this year's delayed All-Ireland senior football championship.

Croke Park's inter-county roadmap will be unveiled imminently, with growing speculation that the revised SFC format will embrace the existing provincial championship draws feeding into All-Ireland semi-finals - and no qualifiers.

This touted return to traditional straight knockout is predicated on a desire to ensure the race for Sam Maguire is completed in the calendar year.