Having grown accustomed to words such as 'unprecedented', 'virtual' and 'restrictions' throughout 2020, the GAA fraternity has already become rather too familiar with the word 'retirement' with just one week gone in 2021.
Over the course of the festive season, and particularly since the New Year dawned, an exodus of top-flight players has impacted heavily on several county teams to such an extent that managers are already being forced into a squad rethink even before a ball is kicked.
The latest high-profile player to take the exit door is Tyrone forward Kyle Coney who only a matter of weeks ago had signalled his intention to immerse himself in their bid for renewed glory.
But a recurring hip problem has now convinced the Ardboe clubman to call time on his top-flight career.
No stranger to the surgeon's knife - he has undergone six operations in recent years - Coney will go for yet another hip scan today.
"I thought I might be able to get myself into good shape while training on my own but I have not made the progress I would like to have achieved," explained Coney.
"I certainly would not want to be labouring under an illusion. Competition for places in the Tyrone side going forward will be very sharp indeed and you would need to be at the top of your game to merit consideration.
"I would love to think that I could assist the county for another year or two but it's not to be. I have always considered it a pleasure and a privilege to wear the Red Hand jersey and the fact that I managed to get a few scores along the way was a real bonus for me.
"The new management team of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher will expect 100 per cent from everyone and that's as it should be. I have always set high standards for myself but you need to be in top shape to continue to do that."
Coney, who hopes to serve his beloved Ardboe club "for another couple of years at least", has undergone surgery for shoulder, knee, ankle, abdomen, hernia and hip injuries over the course of recent years yet still managed to focus on pursuing his career.
"When you are out injured it can often be a long, lonely haul," he revealed. "You get the injury, then you go for surgery, afterwards there is a recovery period and then there is rehab. This all takes time, and let's just say that the years tend to pass rather quickly. But I am not complaining - you go with the hand you are dealt and try to make the best of it."
The affable Coney made his debut for Tyrone 12 years ago after he had helped the county to win the All-Ireland minor title in 2008.
He was signed up by Sydney Swans but decided against a long-term stay with the AFL side and returned to win Ulster Championship titles with Tyrone in 2009 and 2010.
He was involved in Tyrone's 2020 Allianz League campaign in which the side just managed to eventually retain their place in Division One following a final-day, one-point victory over Mayo - a defeat which consigned their opponents to relegation for the first time in 23 years.
Meanwhile, Mark McKearney and Paul Donaghy from the Dungannon Clarkes side that won the Tyrone title for the first time in 64 years last year have been included in the Red Hands' 2021 panel.
Both made a huge impact in the Club Championship and now get an opportunity to impress at the top level, with Tyrone due to meet Donegal, Monaghan and Armagh in Division One North of the restructured Allianz League.
There is now little prospect of the Sigerson Cup and Fitzgibbon Cup competitions taking place this year.
It had been anticipated that they would be staged before the start of the Allianz League but with uncertainty over when county teams can start training because of the severity of the Covid-19 threat, it is not thought feasible to stage the third-level competitions which do not come under the banner of elite action.
A decision has yet to be made on when the 2020 Donegal Senior Football Championship final beween Kilcar and Gaoth Dobhair will be played.
The match was initially due to be played on September 27 but because of the Covid-19 pandemic it is still outstanding. Because of the high incidence of the disease on the island overall, there is now a growing belief that it may not be played until early April at the earliest.