Séamus Callanan has said the Allianz League is a "massive" part of Tipperary's campaign as they look to lay the building blocks for a serious championship assault. 

Michael Ryan took over the reins from Eamon O'Shea at the end of last season, after Galway shattered the Premier's Liam MacCarthy ambitions in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Callanan paid tribute to O'Shea in the wake of that epic defeat, but knows the slate has been wiped clean once again in the county as they look to start the year as they mean to go.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going now," the full-forward told RTÉ Sport as it was announced that Allianz would continue to sponsor the football and hurling leagues until 2020. 

"Getting a good start in the Allianz League is great; it’s a great preparation for the championship and at the end of the day it’s a massive league that we want to win.

"Michael Ryan is very honest and a passionate man, as was Eamon. Michael will put his own stamp on it.

"There’s not much hurling going on at the minute, obviously we’re just trying to get out fitness levels up. He’ll have his own ideas on it and we’ll see that later in the year."

Callanan climbed off the bench in 2010 to help Tipp memorably deny Kilkenny the five-in-a-row in the All-Ireland final.

He was also at the heart of the league slaying of Brian Cody's Cats last year and although they haven't lifted the big one in five years, the Drom-Inch man is confident the Premier possess the experience and hunger to rule the roost again. 

"Any time you beat Kilkenny is brilliant; it doesn't happen too often. There’s an experienced squad there with a lot of lads who’ve been around for five or six years.

"We still have a good core group together and a lot of hungry players coming through there. It’s exciting times ahead.

"Everyone tries to find their feet early on in the year. It’s an ongoing process between getting your fitness levels up and your hurling skills up. It’s great to build a bit of momentum.

"You seen Waterford last year winning the league and bringing that momentum in to the championship.

"It creates a belief as well and gives you a chance to practice your setup and what you’ll be doing tactically. The Allianz League is massive for us."

Meanwhile, Conor Stakelum has been confirmed as a selector.

The Borris Ileigh man links up once again with former team mates Michael Ryan and John Madden and brings a wealth of experience with him having tasted All-Ireland success with Tipperary in 1991. 

Stakelum also won a senior club All-Ireland medal with Borris Ileigh in 1987 and in recent times has managed Borris Ileigh in the Tipperary senior club championship.

He has also been involved at juvenile level with Durlas Óg in Thurles where he lives.