The counties were initially ratified for a three-year period atSpecial Congress in 2008 and Cooney would like to see the move made permanent.
“I thought the game I saw between Galway and Kilkenny last year was a tremendous game and it added enormously to the Leinster Championship, which had a greater balance to it,” he said.
“I think it is there to stay. That is my personal view. I think it brings a better balance to the hurling championship and it is better for Galway and Antrim as it will show whether they are really improving or not.”
As it stands, games are not played outside of the geographical boundaries of the province but Cooney can see that changing after the trial period, which will end when the 2011 campaign has concluded.
“I think after the experimentation, that is something that will be looked at very genuinely. I think Leinster will look at it and see how that can work.”
The Cork native also insisted that the current championship structure will remain in place and dismissed the notion of an open draw.
“I don’t believe it (the open draw) would work. And people talk about home and away. God almighty, you saw how many Cork fans travelled up for a National League final. How many will go to Donegal if they draw Donegal in an away game?”
– Donnchadh Boyle