As the club championships gather pace, Charlie Vernon points out that this time of year presents players with an opportunity to stake their claims at county level.
The intercounty season is done and dusted until 2019 and the race for club championship glory is now on centre stage around the country, with county managers always scouring for new talent, players can push their way into the reckoning.
“When you look at [Armagh] Harps, you see players like Joe McElroy, Declan McKenna, Paddy Morrison and Ryan McShane coming through strongly and I think that's because Kieran McGeeney has shown faith in them at inter-county level,” Vernon told The Irish News.
“Then you look at the way that Harry Loughran won an All-Ireland intermediate medal with Moy earlier this year before going on to progress with Tyrone, while people like Conor McCarthy and Niall Kearns have flourished with Monaghan.
“Players know that county team managers across the board will be taking in club championship games in great detail over the coming weeks and that's why everyone will be on their toes, especially those who are particularly keen to break into inter-county squads.”