McDermott’s Banner side face Cork in the Munster final on Sunday week, and speaking last night he said: “I don’t think there should ever be a seeding system in any province because I think it would be very, very unfair if you look at this year and the start of the year and everyone has to be realistic about where your standing is.
“At the start of the year Limerick, Waterford and Clare saw an opportunity of getting to a Munster final and it brings a renewed vigour to the team and your preparations all year long vis a vis if you look at the likes of Tipperary who have been drawn against Kerry three years in a row. It’s hard to face into a championship year with that hanging over you and when you see that opportunity it would be an awful shame.
“Noel Walsh, a Clareman, fought long and hard to get to where we are at the moment and it would be very, very wrong for it to be changed, either for financial reasons or any other reasons. I think if there’s an open draw there, that’s the way it should be.’’
Meanwhile, Tyrone full-back Justin McMahon has been ruled out of Sunday’s Ulster SFC semi-final against Donegal in Clones. McMahon has been unable to train since being forced off halfway through the win over Armagh with a hamstring injury.
His place at full-back is likely to be filled by his brother Joe, whose vacant midfield berth opens the door for either Mickey Murphy or Aidan Cassidy to come in.
Wing forward Ronan McNabb is also a doubt for the Clones clash with the defending provincial champions. He has been struggling with a groin problem, and has been unable to train since last week.
Fermanagh captain Ryan McCluskey will play no part in his team’s All-Ireland qualifiers campaign.
And with this season’s top scorer to date Seamus Quigley having left the panel, manager Peter Canavan will be short on steel and experience for Sunday’s showdown with neighbours Cavan at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.
McCluskey, who missed the Ulster Championship defeat by Down, has undergone major surgery on a depressed fracture of his eye socket and now faces a lengthy recovery period while Quigley exited the squad in the wake of that game.
However, Canavan is hopeful that Ryan Jones, Conor Quigley, Shane McCabe, Paul Ward and James Sherry will be in the frame for starting places.
McCabe and Sherry in particular would bring additional experience to the side. Martin McGrath, Tommy McElroy and Daniel Kille, all of whom started against Down, have recovered from knocks and will come into consideration to face Terry Hyland’s side, who recently chalked up an impressive challenge match win over Westmeath.
KILKENNY (Leinster IHC final v Wexford): R O’Neill (Kilmacow), M Phelan (Glenmore), A Walsh (Mooncoin), S Norton (Emeralds); B Kennedy (St. Lachtains), P Hartley (Tullogher-Rosbercon), P Phelan (Emeralds); P Murphy (Blacks & Whites), J Lyng (Rower Inistioge); N Walsh (Slieverue), R Hickey (Lisdowney), J Brennan (St. Patricks); R Walsh, capt (Danesfort), W Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon), G Aylward (Glenmore).
Subs: J Maher (St. Lachtains), J Corcoran (John Lockes), L Harney (Kilmacow), C Kenny (Barrow Rangers), J Brennan (St. Patrick’s), P Cleere (Blacks & Whites), N Doherty (Galmoy), B Staunton (St. Patrick’s), S Burke (John Lockes).