New Antrim manager Enda McGinley is wasting no time in getting preparations started following his appointment.
The three-time All-Ireland winner with Tyrone is keen to get up and running this weekend when he will pull in an extended training panel to get under way for the 2021 season.
It's looking increasingly unlikely that there will be a Dr McKenna Cup in 2021, so for first-time managers such as McGinley - and whoever takes over the now vacant Tyrone job - getting started is a priority.
McGinley has assembled an impressive backroom team, with his former team-mate and 2005 Footballer of the Year Stephen O'Neill coming on board as a selector and coach.
O'Neill was previously in Mickey Harte's backroom team with Tyrone and was a big influence on Cathal McShane's transformation into an All-Star full-forward.
His Errigal Ciaran clubmate Stephen Quinn will be on board, the two having worked together at the Championship-winning Errigal minor team, before spending two years at Derry club Swatragh.
Former Antrim captain the highly-respected Sean Kelly is another coach and selector, while McGinley is looking forward to working with Strength and Conditioning coach Brendan Murphy.
"Brendan's appointment is a sure sign of the ambition and readiness to invest in the teams, I can't wait to see his work close up," said McGinley.
Of the early start, he added: "It's as much for us to get a look at the talent available in the county, as well as testing the appetite."
Antrim football is not a foreign concept to the physiotherapist. His wife Geraldine is a former Antrim ladies captain and her brothers Mick and Tomás both played in Antrim's recent Championship defeat to Cavan.
"I've always known there is serious talent in the county," he explained.
"I cannot put my finger on it as to why they have spent so many years in Division Four. We saw just nine years ago how they were able to get up to Division Two for a season and, with a county as big as Antrim, that should be the norm.
"They have some very talented footballers, as I discovered in my time playing, and played alongside them in University.
"They also have some very impressive training facilities dotted throughout the county and have done a lot of work on Corrigan Park, which looks like the natural home for the footballers."
He refused to be drawn on the issue of a redeveloped Casement Park being critical to the success of the county teams.
"It's so well-documented about Casement Park," he said. "Nobody in their right mind could deny it would be a huge boost for Antrim GAA to have a world-class stadium on their doorstep.
"But that is completely out of our hands. For Antrim footballers in 2021, Casement Park is an irrelevance that we cannot affect. There are people working to deliver that and that is incredible. But we can only work within the parameters we can control, and for us that means getting down to work, setting our goals and working towards achieving them."
One alarming fact from their last game was that in Paddy Cunningham, Mick McCann and Kevin O'Boyle, Antrim's top performers are in their mid-30s.
Some promising minor teams have, however, been brought through in recent times, and the challenge for McGinley is to marry the two.
It would seem highly likely that Mick McCann - man of the match against Cavan in many observers' eyes - would remain, along with his younger brother Tomás.
"I wouldn't be turning a player away based on his birth certificate," said McGinley.
"I played with Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher who played well into their 30s. We want leadership and experience."