Armagh's Aidan O'Rourke will find himself with divided loyalties come Sunday afternoon. The Dromintee stalwart, an All Ireland medal winner with the county in 2002, is currently manager of Queen's University who face Armagh in the Gaelic Life Dr McKenna Cup in Davitt Park.
Only last weekend he guided the Belfast university to the most comprehensive of victories over Cavan in Breffni Park so Armagh can't say they haven't been warned.
Armagh boss Peter McDonnell will again have to plan without the Crossmaglen players due to their ongoing involvement in the All Ireland club championship, while Oisin McConville the all-time top scorer in the Ulster championship, has bade farewell to the county scene.
The Orchard county men have captured seven of the last 10 provincial titles, but despite all that have only one Sam Maguire.
Peter McDonnell took over the managerial reins from big Joe Kernan at the start of last season and led the side to Ulster championship glory only to see his charges flop against Wexford in the All Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park.