Jim McGuinness and his new backroom team of Paul McGonigle, Damien Diver and John Duffy can now begin preparations for the National league Division 2 campaign as the fixtures for the season ahead have been released.
The 2012 All Ireland champions will be looking for a good league campaign after being relegated last year and they will begin their push for promotion with two tough away games in Laois and Galway on the 2nd and 9th of February. These will be followed by two home games in early March against Monaghan and Meath and an away game in Down on the the 16th of March.
The penultimate game of the campaign is at home to Louth, with a trip to Armagh, who have added Kieran McGeeney to their backroom team being the final game on the 6th of April.
Darach O Connor (Buncrana) and Stephen McLaughlin (Malin) will be hoping to impress the management team enough in the McKenna cup in order to be given the chance to make a significant impact on the league campaign.