James McMahon, one of the leading defenders in Ulster, has a special reason for welcoming the return to action at club and county level.
The Roslea clubman, who has helped to anchor the Fermanagh rearguard over the course of recent seasons, acknowledges that while it will be "difficult" for all players when the curtain goes up again next month, he is nonetheless determined to make up for what he views as "lost time".
Yet McMahon's return to the Erne colours when he was thought to have dipped his toe in the Australian Football League waters was particularly welcome.
It was over the course of last November and December that McMahon trained with the semi-professional Northern Blues, the second string side attached to the Carlton club with which his girlfriend - ex-Fermanagh ladies footballer Joanne Doonan - had just commenced a full-time career with their ladies section.
But the lure of the GAA was to prove strong, and McMahon headed for home soil just before the horrific bush fires wreaked havoc in Australia.
Hardly had his feet touched the ground here than he linked up with Fermanagh again, but, to his frustration, he was to miss the first three matches of the Allianz League, the first two because of a suspension which carried over from last season and the third because of injury.
He returned for the defeat to Cavan (3-11 to 2-11) and the much more chastening setback against Armagh (3-14 to 0-10).
With just two points from their five outings prior to the lockdown, it's not difficult to see why Fermanagh are desperately keen to salvage something from their outstanding league ties against Clare (away) and Laois (home), assuming they are played when the inter-county action resumes.
Relegation would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow for a side that reached the Ulster final in 2018 and which has successfully blooded exciting new players such as Ultan Kelm, Jonny Cassidy and Kane Connor of late.
"There is no doubt about it, staying in Division Two is critical for us," stated McMahon emphatically.
"When you look back at last year, we were talking about the possibility of maybe getting promoted to Division One with two league games to go but we let that chance slip.
"It's a rather different story this time round and I think that for us to drop into Division Three would be a massive blow for all connected with this Fermanagh team.
"It's vital that we try and stay in Division Two because we know that along with possible relegation would come participation in the second tier of the All-Ireland Championship next year and that's something that we would not embrace too enthusiastically."
Donegal proved an insurmountable hurdle in the Ulster Championship when they won by 0-15 to 0-9, although Fermanagh showed considerable courage and commitment before going under to Monaghan in the All-Ireland qualifiers by 1-10 to 1-6.
"There is no doubt that the margins which define winning and losing at the higher level are so small," pointed out McMahon.
"We could look back at a couple of our league games and think we should have won them but we are where we are.
"At the same time, there is no doubt that if a team can manage to get a win or two under their belt it provides fresh momentum and instils a greater sense of self-belief.
"Our manager Ryan McMenamin has been preaching this to us and he is right. Our aim as players must be to bring a new level of positivity about things, and with the right level of application and commitment I still think this is possible."
Meanwhile, Down and Ulster club champions Kilcoo will begin the defence of their titles by facing great rivals Mayobridge in their first game of the Mourne Championship.
Kilcoo have won the Down title in eight of the last 11 seasons but have already indicated that they would like to gain success at All-Ireland Club level following their loss to Corofin in January's decider.
The Down Championship will feature a back door system and among the other intriguing ties on the opening round agenda are what should prove to be a fascinating battle between neighbours Burren and St Peter's, Warrenpoint, while the clash of Longstone v Loughinisland would also appear to hold special appeal.