Eugene McVerry's return to the Armagh football squad has bucked the trend of players dropping out.
Stefan Campbell, James Morgan, Paul Hughes, Oisin O'Neill, Jamie Clarke and Ciaran McKeever (retired) were among those to opt out before Christmas, but the return of 2009 All-Ireland minor winner McVerry has given manager and fellow Mullaghbawn clubman Kieran McGeeney a welcome boost.
McVerry, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury, recently started a new job in Dublin after lining out for New York in last year's Connacht SFC against Sligo.
"He was back tonight for a bit of contact so hopefully in the next two or three weeks we'll see a bit more of him," McGeeney told the Irish News after the Orchard County's draw with UU in the McKenna Cup on Wednesday night.
"Eugene's been back from the start, he has a new job down in Dublin but because of the elbow, he's only really back into training. He was doing all his own rehab, there's not much point bringing him up from Dublin for that.
"But he's a good player, hopefully we'll see a bit more of him over the year."
Gavin McParland, Ryan Owens and Ciaran Higgins have also returned to the fold after recent layoffs.