Wicklow manager Davy Burke is relishing being back on the training pitch with his squad, but already his thoughts are turning to the Allianz League and gaining promotion from Division 4.
Burke took his side for their first training session in six months yesterday and while he acknowledges that it will be some time before they're back to full fitness, he’s already looking forward to competitive action.
"It’s brilliant to be back together with the group of lads, it’s fantastic," he told RTÉ Sport.
"Just the energy, the buzz and to hear them all again with the slagging and camaraderie, that’s what it’s all about.
"It’s a huge lift for me, [I was] bouncing out of bed this morning to get here this evening and to be back with this group of lads. The energy is class.
"There’s probably a few like foals being let out for the first time this evening so we’re just having a light enough run around, we’ll get the heavier work done later in the week. Attitudes since day one have been spot-on so I can’t see any problem there."
Wicklow return to action next month with a crucial Allianz League game against Antrim. Both sides are looking for promotion and for Burke, getting out of Division 4 is his top priority this season, even more so than the Championship.
"On 17 October we have Antrim in Aughrim," he said.
"It’s very, very important game for both sides. They’re one place ahead of us in the standings in the league and both teams are pushing hard.
"At the end of the day we want to get to a higher level of football, play more competitive football and be consistent at a higher level of football, that’s our whole aim here.
"As regards to the Leinster Championship, it’s very important to us but at the end of day when you’re in Division 4 there’s only one way out and it’s to go up."