After the drama and excitement of transfer deadline day in the Irish League last Sunday, I was left filled with optimism regarding the Danske Bank Premiership.
Maybe things aren't so bad financially after all. We seem to be in a much healthier position than envisaged.
I was led to believe that most clubs were on the brink of going out of existence, they desperately needed urgent funding to survive and, with no crowds coming through the turnstiles, games couldn't continue.
Despite all the predicted doom and gloom, matches are being played on a regular basis, Covid-19 tests are being carried out, players are being paid and money is being spent on transfers.
Even though a quiet January was forecast, all the big clubs in the Premiership brought in fresh talent and moved some players on.
The high profile transfer that really stood out for me was Conor McMenamin's move from Cliftonville to Glentoran, but it's what was included in the deal that made my eyes open.
I've been reliably informed that Conor was handsomely rewarded for making sure he opted for the Glens rather than Larne and that's before you take into his account his attractive weekly wage. No wonder the lad, despite being settled on a move to Inver Park, opted late on Sunday night for The Oval and stated that "it was an offer too good to turn down".
If you've got the money, then the clubs are perfectly entitled to spend it as they see fit.
The major surprise for me was allowing striker Paul O'Neill to be part of the transfer. I rate Paul really highly, have been impressed when I've seen him play and when I look at the transfer, I think Cliftonville have got the much better deal.
O'Neill plus a decent transfer fee for McMenamin is a fantastic bit of business for the Reds and they should be very pleased with it.
However, I'm just still shocked at the amount of money being spent when clubs have been going to the governing body and government with a begging bowl for funding.
Surely if government officials looked at how much was being spent in bringing new players into clubs, during a crisis, they may ask football, 'Do you really need urgent funding?'
Certainly, some clubs will definitely need it more than others, but then you can't deny one or two as that would open a whole new can of worms.
I know there are now big financial backers in the Irish League with Ali Pour at the Glens and Kenny Bruce at Larne and I would expect these investors and others to have been dipping their hands into their pockets to pay bills and basically bankroll their clubs during this coronavirus pandemic. Remember with no crowds, no social clubs and reduced sponsorship, there is very little income for clubs.
I know that Kenny, while pumping plenty of money into Larne, has a strict wage structure and strategy which is sustainable, provided of course fans return through the turnstiles.
The signings during January should only improve clubs and therefore the product on offer as we prepare for yet another exciting title race.
I anticipated more clubs would come into the mix in terms of battling for the Gibson Cup, rather than just leaving it to Linfield and Larne, and so it has turned out.
I expect, with all their new signings, a big push from the Glens and even if they are too far behind to go for the title, they may have a major say on the outcome.
It's a strong League and as the season goes towards the finish line it will be extremely interesting to see who comes out on top, but also how McMenamin and O'Neill progress at their new clubs.
I really feel for the smaller clubs if the Irish Cup is forced to go ahead with just the 12 Premiership teams this season due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding Covid-19.
Last year, we all remember the giant-slaying when Queen's University overcame mighty Linfield. It was great for the game but not my old pal David Healy.
The Cup, especially in the early stages, is all about the smaller clubs and the so-called romance of the competition.
Irish FA President David Martin has already stated in this newspaper that the Cup will definitely go ahead. I suppose a coveted European spot is one of the main reasons why it will do so. I know there has been talk about whether it could be possible to switch that European spot to the team that comes third in the Premiership, but I don't think the Irish FA want to go down that road and set a precedent.
With the Irish Cup having always been played every year, even during the two world wars, I can understand why the IFA are so adamant it will go ahead.
But they must redouble their efforts to try and persuade government to make the entire competition 'elite' so that every club has the opportunity to decide whether they want to take part.
I understand with the Championship and Intermediate Leagues being cancelled, this puts those clubs in a difficult position without any competitive football for nearly a year.
Hopefully a proposed series of friendlies for those clubs, even just three or four games, can be arranged to give them some decent practice before going into the Irish Cup.
The Irish Cup desperately needs the smaller clubs.
As someone who is proud to come from Northern Ireland, I'm all for promoting and celebrating our wonderful wee country at every opportunity.
But it would be wrong in my opinion for a special commemorative international shirt to be made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland this year.
The reason is that the Northern Ireland team represents the Irish Football Association, which was formed in 1880, long before Northern Ireland came into existence, and therefore it is 141-years-old.
I made my Northern Ireland debut in the Irish FA's 125th anniversary match at Windsor Park against Germany in June 2005, wearing a commemorative dark green shirt with the old IFA badge from 1880 on it. So we've already done the commemorative jersey.
Coming on as a second-half substitute, it was an immensely proud moment for me and my family, especially as I was the second member of my family to play international football.
Back when the Irish FA teams were known as 'Ireland' and brought in players from all over the entire island, my granda was part of those sides.
I know the Football Association of Ireland was created in 1921 but the Irish FA was still the main governing body on the island until 1954 when UEFA and FIFA finally recognised the IFA as Northern Ireland and the FAI as the Republic.
So by all means, celebrate the formation of Northern Ireland, but on this occasion leave football out of it.
We must also remember FIFA probably wouldn't look too kindly on a commemorative shirt as they take a strict stance on anything other than football being celebrated during an international match.
Remember, FIFA fined the Irish FA for us wearing black armbands with a poppy on them in 2016, while in the same year the Republic were reprimanded and hit financially for having an Easter Rising symbol on theirs.
Not worth the hassle.