Wicklow may have to plan without their influential forward Seanie Furlong, who has not returned to training for the new season.
Fresh from their victory over Dublin in Sunday's O'Byrne Cup clash, manager Harry Murphy confirmed that Furlong is not currently part of his squad and may not be.
With doubts over Leighton Glynn's future as his ankle injury, sustained in last year's championship defeat to Meath, continues to give him problems, and Tony Hannon retired, it leaves Wicklow without arguably their three best forwards of recent times.
Murphy still expects Glynn to recover sufficiently to play again but Furlong's future is far from certain as he has opted out for now.
"At the moment, he just can't give us the commitment we require so, as far as we are concerned, he's not part of the panel," said Murphy. "But that doesn't mean that the door is closed to him. That could change. But at the moment, we're getting savage commitment from everyone else."
Furlong was man of the match in last year's Division 4 Allianz League final win over Fermanagh.
Glynn broke a bone in his ankle in May and, while that has healed, the wound from the operation has been giving him trouble. He could be out for six weeks to two months.
Murphy admitted that the injuries were a blow: "Compared to last year, we're about seven lads down, between injury and those gone off to work.
"But in fairness, the few young lads who came in showed up well. They're showing good potential, and this win won't do them any harm."
Wicklow open their Division 3 campaign with a home fixture against Peter Canavan's Fermanagh on February 3.
Allen loses vote and severs long Meath ties
FORMER Meath county board chairman Barney Allen failed in his bid to be elected one of the county's two Leinster Council delegates at last night's adjourned county board convention. It ends over 30 years of service to the Meath executive.
Allen had stepped down as chairman because of the five-year rule and lost the vote for vice chairman at the convention in December.
Former secretary Cyril Creavin also failed to be elected to one of the two Leinster Council delegate positions, which went to Frankie Lynch and Brian Carberry. Former manager Eamonn Barry has been restored as coaching officer, while Brendan Demspey was elected treasurer.