Antrim football captain Declan Lynch believes that the relaunch of the competitive club season this weekend will afford county team managers the opportunity to assess additional talent as they begin to focus on the resumption of inter-county action in October.
And Lynch is convinced that the Saffrons will be further fired up for a return to the competitive fray now that it has been confirmed their outstanding Allianz League Division Four ties against Wicklow and Waterford will take place after all.
"For several weeks there, we had all been discussing just what fixtures formula might be drawn up. We did not know if the provincial championships would be retained, if the leagues would be completed and under what basis the All-Ireland Championship might be played," reflects Lynch.
"But as soon as the Central Competitions Control Committee showed its hand, every county board in particular got down to planning in earnest. The club games may be taking place behind closed doors but this does not mean they will be ignored - anything but.
"In Antrim, we have made no secret of our hunger to see the two remaining Allianz League games against Wicklow and Waterford played. We have our sights very much on promotion and if we could manage to get maximum points from these games, it would not only get us a place in Division Three, we feel, but would also provide momentum going into our Ulster quarter-final against either Cavan or Monaghan."
Lynch is, however, aware that all Ulster teams will be particularly keen to make an impact in a provincial championship that is expected to be played out against a completely different background.
For this reason, he anticipates that county team managers will be "closely monitoring" team and individual performances in club games during the coming weeks as preparations continue for the return of inter-county action.
"It will seem strange to be playing championship football in October and November. We don't know what restrictions will be placed on crowd numbers, we are unsure if neutral venues will be used or not and we must still wait and see if some personnel decide to opt out this year because of the coronavirus threat," he adds.
For the moment, though, the focus will be on club action and Lynch predicts that county team managers will be particularly busy as they conduct a collective trawl for fresh talent.
"Obviously county bosses will be taking a keen interest in the club action and I have no doubt that many players at this level will be keen to make an impact," points out Lynch. "When you look at several Ulster teams such as Armagh, Down and Donegal and indeed ourselves, you will see that new young players have already been successfully introduced in the recent past and if other managers can find more talent to complement this then they will be greatly encouraged going forward, I feel."
Lynch points to the impact that newcomers such as Aidan Nugent, Conor Turbitt and Callum Comiskey have made with Armagh; lauds the contribution of players such as Owen McCabe, Daniel Guinness, Liam Kerr and Cory Quinn to Down's cause to date and highlights the renewed energy that Oisin Gallen, Niall O'Donnell, Michael Langan and Jason McGee have brought to the Donegal line-up.
And he feels that Antrim, too, can provide their own healthy ration of fresh talent.
"When you look at James McAuley, Odhran Eastwood and Eunan Walsh, we have new players who have stepped up very smartly to the mark," he says. "Like other counties, we will be looking to bring on even more fresh talent and I am sure that our manager, Lenny Harbinson, will have this as a priority."
Promotion for Antrim would not be enough to see them avoid participation in the Tailteann Cup, the second tier of the All-Ireland Championship which has been put on hold until next term.
"We will take things one step at a time. We will see what happens in the league," says Lynch.