Antrim - Management: Frankie Fitzsimmons has decided he is better off with some help for his second year, bringing in Gearoid Adams as co-manager. Former boxing champion Brian Magee took over from Mick McGurn for the strength and conditioning work.
Form Guide: WWWWL - Promoted to Division Three as Division Four finalists, losing the final to Louth.
Key Man: Michael McCann will float between his bearings at full-forward and midfield.
Captain: St Gall’s creator Kevin Niblock has shipped numerous knocks but played through the pain barrier.
Big Loss: Sean Burke is struggling with injury.
Bookie’s Odds: 150/1 for Ulster, 1,500/1 to win the All-Ireland. No Leicester story.
VERDICT: Preliminary round exit. Hoping for a favourable qualifiers draw.
Management: Kieran McGeeney is in his second year as head honcho, and is assisted by Peter McDonnell and Denis Hollywood. Julie Davis remains as strength and conditioning coach.
Form Guide: WLDDW - Relegated to Division Three.
Key Man: As boldly promised, Stefan Campbell has emerged as ‘the man’ in the absence of others. His injury-free run has helped showcase his talents.
Captain: Ciaran McKeever has played very little, but is still the leader of this group.
Big Loss: Jamie Clarke taking his talents to New York is a serious blow.
Bookie’s Odds: 18/1 to win Ulster, 150/1 for the All-Ireland. Keep your money in your pocket.
VERDICT: Can’t see them surviving their visit to Kingspan Breffni Park.
Management: Terry Hyland is the second-longest inter-county football manager behind Mickey Harte, with five Championship seasons in sole charge after his collaboration with Val Andrews.
Form Guide: WWWWL - Promoted to Division One.
Key Man: Killian Clarke is the kind of play-anywhere athlete that every county envies.
Captain: Gearoid McKiernan has been released to centre-forward and when he plays well, he raises the performance of all around him.
Big Loss: Barry Reilly was a huge hope but only Kingscourt are benefiting.
Bookie’s Odds: Dark horses at 7/1 for an Ulster title and we wouldn’t put it beyond them, 100/1 for All-Ireland.
VERDICT: Could meet Tyrone in an Ulster semi-final, and it depends on what they have learned from their league final loss. Dangerous.
Management: Damian Barton is in his first year in charge and has Brian McGuckin and Tony Scullion as selectors, while Eoghan Bradley looks after the muscle end of things.
Form Guide: LLDDL - Survived in Division Two.
Key Man: Mark Lynch has a galvanising effect on those around him.
Captain: Chris McKaigue. If you need a job done well, you give it to a busy man. Between club and county and hurling commitments, there are no concerns over his match sharpness.
Big Loss: He might just be a casualty of the commitments required for inter-county football, but any team could do with a fully-firing Eoin Bradley.
Bookie’s Odds: A remarkably tight-priced 7/1 for Ulster, 66/1 for Sam Maguire. Best avoided.
VERDICT: Derry need unity and an extended run in the back-door after defeat to Tyrone on May 22.
Management: Rory Gallagher enters his second year as boss after three years as assistant to Jim McGuinness. Jack Cooney and Maxi Curran are his selectors.
Form Guide: LLLLL - Division One semi-finalists.
Key Man: As ever, it is Michael Murphy. The games he doesn’t play tend to be the ones Donegal lose.
Captain: The same Murphy is now in his sixth season as Donegal captain, and it’s not hard to see why.
Big Loss: Paul Durcan’s presence in Qatar really could make the difference between this squad challenging for an All-Ireland or just hoping for honours.
Bookie’s Odds: Joint-favourites with Tyrone for Ulster at 9/4, but 20/1 for Sam is on the high end of the scale for a side that were in the final two years ago.
VERDICT: Horrible form, but have enjoyed the long break. Top contenders for Ulster, but that’s it.
Management: Eamonn Burns is in his debut season, having served as selector for James McCartan in previous years. Aidan Branigan and Gerard Colgan are selectors.
Form Guide: LLLLL - Relegated from Division One.
Key Man: With Benny Coulter and Conor Laverty gone from the scene, Down require a big summer from Mark Poland.
Captain: It’s hard to believe that Kevin McKernan is only 28 now, and how little reward his county career has brought him.
Big Loss: Take your pick between Laverty and Coulter. Both brought a lot to the party, but don’t seem interested.
Bookie’s Odds: 20/1 for Ulster, 400/1 for the ultimate. If burning money is your thing, get on it.
VERDICT: Impossible to imagine them winning in Clones against Monaghan and hard to tell if they would have the stomach to regroup after that.
Management: Two-time All-Ireland winner Pete McGrath is in the third season of his enjoyable managerial Indian Summer. Raymond Johnston is selector while Brian Treacy and Leon Carters are trainers.
Form Guide: LWLDD - Survived in Division Two.
Key Man: If Sean Quigley begins to fire this season, it might be seen as overdue as Tomás Corrigan has handled the bulk of the scoring responsibilities.
Captain: Erne county fans will be praying for the good health of Eoin Donnelly’s hamstring.
Big Loss: Ryan McCluskey’s hip injury will keep him out of the entire summer and his communication and organisation will be missed.
Bookie’s Odds: 33/1 for Ulster and 500/1 for an All-Ireland. Don’t even think about it.
VERDICT: Fermanagh are a coming team, but the draw is stacked against them.
Management: Malachy O’Rourke enters his fourth summer with the Oriel men. His coaching staff includes Leo McBride, Ryan Porter and Finbarr Fitzpatrick.
Form Guide: LLLLW - Survived in Division One.
Key Man: In the last three Ulster finals, Vinny Corey has dominated Donegal’s Michael Murphy. That will need to happen again.
Captain: There is possibly no greater finisher in the game than Conor McManus, and he provides bucket-loads of inspiration.
Big Loss: Eoin Lennon’s retirement due to injury hampers Monaghan for midfield cover.
Bookie’s Odds: Tucked in behind Donegal and Tyrone at 4/1 for Ulster, they are worth a flutter.
VERDICT: Well-balanced, experienced and with an under-rated management, Monaghan can defend their title and go on to reach the All-Ireland final.
Management: It’s the 14th season for the evergreen Mickey Harte. Gavin Devlin is his assistant, while Peter Donnelly takes on the majority of coaching.
Form Guide: WDDWW - Division Two league champions.
Key Man: It’s not a stretch to say that Colm Cavanagh (right) has developed into the most perceptive and alert sweeper in the game.
Captain: Sean Cavanagh is now in his 15th season and is testament to a lifetime of dedication.
Big Loss: Nobody of any great significance, but you sense the squad could do with a Conor Gormley or Ryan McMenamin.
Bookie’s Odds: Joint favourites with Donegal on 9/4 for Ulster and have assumed fourth rank for the All-Ireland at 12/1. Either of those two bets will work up a sweat.
VERDICT: Possible Ulster Champions, but a final against Monaghan is fraught with dangers.