It can be stated with complete certainty that 2020 is not the best year in which to be endeavouring to make up for lost time in a GAA playing context.
With a handful of matches having formed a moderate diet that stretched into early March, there is a growing belief in some quarters that the end-game may already have been reached.
Don't mention that within earshot of Ardboe club dynamo Kyle Coney, though. The sands of time may not be in his favour - he will be 30 come July - but this ebullient forward remains firmly convinced that he is capable of eventually bringing down the curtain on his Tyrone career in some style.
And lest anyone think that the modest and unassuming Coney is concentrating on a target that might be above his station, it's his admiration for the quality contained in Mickey Harte's current squad that provides him with the impetus to attempt to regain the status he enjoyed within the side in the past.
A four-year term in the inter-county wilderness that embraced a brief flirtation with Australian Rules Football towards the latter end of 2018 saw Coney consigned to the shadows and sparked the belief that his career in the Red Hand jersey had run its course.
But right now it might be difficult to find a more dedicated, consumed player than Coney as he puts in the hard yards prior to what he hopes will be a return to front line action.
A small school pitch close to his Ardboe home is proving the ideal sanctuary from which he is regaining the levels of fitness and athleticism that will undoubtedly find favour with Tyrone strength and conditioning coach Jonny Davis.
Having missed out on Tyrone's All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin (2-17 to 1-14) in 2018 and fulfilled the role of a spectator once again when Mickey Harte's men succumbed to Kerry at the semi-final stage last year (1-18 to 0-18), Coney clearly has the bit between his teeth again as he keeps a sharp focus on what he hopes will yet prove a stirring season revival.
If ambition underpins his level of intensity, then this is tempered with more than a dash of realism as he takes stock of the current overall situation.
"Obviously it's difficult to see into the future but at the same time it's very important to maintain and indeed build up fitness and stamina if you are serious about playing inter-county football and that's what I am working on," explains Coney. "It was good to be involved in the league earlier this year and this gave me the incentive to try and work that bit harder to get as fit as possible."
"The squad have also been doing Zoom sessions which are very helpful. When you have been out of the Tyrone frame for some time it's always a challenge to force your way back in again and having achieved that, I want to build on this."
Coney, who exploded onto the GAA scene over a decade ago when he won an All-Ireland minor medal with Tyrone in 2008 which he complemented with Ulster honours at the same level in 2007 and 2008, stepped away from the senior squad in 2015 but never lost his zest for the sport.
"I know that when you are on the cusp of 30 you might not have a lot of time left at inter-county level but this is where most players want to perform," maintains Coney. "Competition for places in the Tyrone team is keen and I know that players who are currently regulars in the side cherish their places."
Coney was deployed as a substitute in the league games against Meath, Kerry and Dublin this year and was listed in the starting line-up for the game against Monaghan.
It remains to be seen if he can attain his target of securing a regular place in the side although the opportunities to achieve this in the short term may be scaled down because of the strong possibility that there may only be a very limited diet of GAA action between now and the dawn of 2021.