The new campaign is already upon us. The Premier League kick-off may be a week away but for the other three divisions in England it's show time.
Those leagues are laced with Irish talent, a mix of seasoned pros and rising talents all hungry to make a mark. We picked out ten players to keep an eye on this coming campaign.
Trevor Clarke (Rotherham United)
Clarke made the switch to the League One Millers last week from Shamrock Rovers, where he established himself as a tigerish full-back with a great engine and sweet left foot.
He missed most of last season with an ACL injury and suffered more rotten luck just a couple of days after moving across the water. Clarke was carried off on a stretcher when playing for Rotherham's Under-23s, though a scan later revealed the damage is not as serious as initially feared.
He should return within six weeks, and will hope to make his presence felt at the New York Stadium. It proved a decent home for ex-Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell when opportunities for him dried up at Brighton. Towell has since moved on to Salford City.
Clarke absolutely has the capabilities to shine in this division. Here's hoping he gets the rub of the green on the injury front and a decent chance to show what he can do.
Nathan Collins (Stoke City)
The Cherry Orchard graduate is still just 18 but there's big hopes at the Britannia Stadium that he can develop into a centre-half of some calibre. Manchester United were casting admiring glances the Irishman's way (Darren Fletcher is a huge fan) before he signed a new five-year deal with the Potters, who expect him to break into the first team this campaign.
Collins made his senior debut at the tail end of last season, coming on as a sub at Swansea City. He missed the Republic of Ireland Under-19s' European Championships tournament in Armenia because his club wanted him to play a full part in their pre-season.
Collins, whose older brother Josh plays for UCD, marked himself out as a player of real maturity a year ago after Ireland exited the European U17 Championships following a controversial penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands. Expect to hear his name a lot more over the next six months.
Jonathan Afolabi (Currently without a club)
We're stretching this one a bit because Afolabi could end up anywhere before the new season starts.
The attacker is in limbo having left Southampton in June, but clubs are queuing up to get his signature.
Afolabi was named in the Under-19 European Championships Team of the Tournament after producing some outstanding performances for Tom Mohan's Ireland. Powerful, direct and excellent at holding up the play, his talents have attracted plenty of interest.
He played a trial game with Millwall before leaving the Saints, while Birmingham City and Reading are keeping tabs on him. His stock has soared to the extent that bigger fish are circling however.
Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Newcastle are all believed to be considering making a move, and a switch to Spain isn't an impossibility either.
Conor Masterson (QPR)
Masterson spent five years at Liverpool before being released in June. That stung; he came tantalisingly close to breaking into Jurgen Klopp's side, most notably being named on the bench for the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City in 2018.
Ultimately though the Kildare defender accepted he needed a fresh start. He shone for Stephen Kenny's Under-21s at the Toulon Tournament before he was snapped up by QPR at the start of July. Tall, composed and a good reader of the game, Masterson is still only 20, but he needs competitive first-team football to accelerate his development.
He'll get his chance at Loftus Road.
"I have watched Conor's progress and he is another young player with a lot of potential in him," said boss Mark Warburton.
"What he will be looking to do is come in, bed himself into the dressing room and challenge for a place in the team. I want the pathway for young players here to be clear. If they are good enough, I'll play them."
Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)
It's a great shame Portsmouth didn't gain promotion last season, if only because it denied Curtis the opportunity to prove he can do in the Championship what he did so spectacularly in League One.
Pompey fans were sceptical after he made the switch from Derry City last summer, unsure if the wide man would have a serious impact at Fratton Park. What a difference a year makes.
Curtis made the transition from the League of Ireland with ease, scoring 12 times and being named the FAI Under-21 Player of the Year and his club's Young Player of the Year after a highly impressive campaign.
Curtis also made his senior Ireland debut in last autumn's friendly against Northern Ireland, and he would have been in Mick McCarthy's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia but for a freak finger injury that occurred when he slammed his front door on his hand.
They love him down the south coast of England. But if he produces another strong year he may not be hanging around League One for too much longer, whether Pompey go up or not.
James Collins (Luton Town)
No Irishman scored more goals in any of the top four English divisions last season than James Collins. He netted 25 times for the Hatters, playing a major part in their promotion back to the Championship.
Mick McCarthy named the imposing front man in his extended squad for the Georgia and Gibraltar games but he didn't get any minutes. At 28, he'll know that the window of opportunity to get a few caps under his belt is closing so this is a big season for the Coventry-born striker.
Ireland's struggles in front of goal are no secret. If last season's League One Player of the Year maintains anything like the same strike rate then he'll be impossible for McCarthy to ignore.
Dara O'Shea (West Brom)
Another big centre-half who impressed for the Under-21s at the Toulon Tournament, O'Shea is a good example of how taking a step back can lead to forward progress.
O'Shea went out on loan from Championship outfit West Brom last season to League Two Exeter City and earned rave reviews thanks to a series of commanding displays.
Bournemouth were reportedly considering a bid, though the Baggies look like they're going to give him a chance this year. O'Shea did well in the recent friendly against Villarreal, and he was terrific alongside Masterson at the Toulon Tournament.
It's a clean slate under new manager Slaven Bilic, and O'Shea wants to capitalise on that.
"He’s great, he’s come in and said what he wants," the centre-half told the Express And Star after the Villarreal game. "All the boys have bought into it, he’s a great manager, his reputation speaks for itself, the teams he’s managed and where he’s got his teams to. Villarreal are a great side, they taught us a lesson in keeping the ball. I found it OK, obviously it’s pre-season, we’re still trying to get full fitness back, but I felt comfortable."
A year of first-team senior football in a tough division has hardened O'Shea up. He looks primed to kick on.
Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City)
Crowley, still only 21, has had an eventful career. He was a hot prospect at Arsenal during Arsene Wenger's reign but the anticipated breakthrough never came at the Emirates and he headed to the Netherlands, where he spent a couple of years with Willem II. Amid that, Crowley switched international allegiance.
He'd represented England up top Under-19 level but he's publicly declared his desire to represent the country of his grandparents' birth and has played for Ireland at Under-16 and Under-17 level.
His move to Birmingham last month represents a major opportunity for the technically gifted playmaker to truly kick-start his career. Mick McCarthy travelled to the Dutch Cup final in May specifically to watch Crowley but was left disappointed when Wilem II left him on the bench until the 62nd minute of a 4-0 loss to Ajax.
Plying his trade in the Championship will make it a lot easier for the Coventry man to catch the gaffer's eye.
Alan Judge (Ipswich Town)
One of the most unfortunate Irish players we've seen in recent years, Judge deserves an injury-free year in a decent side. He was brilliant for a dire Ipswich team last season, his form one of the very few positive for Paul Lambert who could not stave off the drop from the Championship.
He'll struggle to keep a hold of Judge. QPR have already had two bids turned down for the midfielder who, at 30 and having suffered a horrendous leg break that kept him out of the game for a year, probably needs to operate in the Championship to earn more Ireland caps.
He fractured his wrist literally on the full-time whistle having come on as a sub in the 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw in Denmark, which summed up the Dubliner's time in green. He has been utterly luckless. Nobody would begrudge the intelligent playmaker a good campaign.
Richie Towell (Salford City)
Towell was a coup for the Class of 92-owned League Two club when he arrived from Rotherham at the end of May. He may be stepping down two divisions but the former Dundalk man joins a progressive and highly ambitious club, who enter the Football League for the first time in their history with genuine aspirations of achieving a fifth promotion in six seasons.
Backed by David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville, as well as Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, Salford will probably get more media attention than most clubs higher up the ladder so Towell won't be falling off the face of the earth.
It didn't happen for him at Brighton but the 28-year-old proved his ability at Rotherham, rediscovering his knack for joining up play in the final third.