Down manager Paddy Tally is resigned to being without Niall McParland for another year.
The Glenn clubman and 2018 captain took up a teaching post in Qatar this time last year and will remain in the Middle East for another year.
“Niall’s teaching in Qatar and he has another year of his contract to run out there. He was home there and played a bit with Glenn but he’s back for the start of the term there. Hopefully when he does return he’ll be interested in putting himself forward for playing for Down again," Tally told the Irish News.
Tally is also planning for 2020 without Conor Francis, Gerard McGovern, Anthony Doherty and Ronan and Shay Millar, who are also overseas, but Niall Donnelly could return after undergoing ankle surgery.