NEW Tipperary hurling manager Eamon O'Shea presented fit-again Seamus Hennessy with a masters degree and is expected to recall him to his new-look Premier squad.
O'Shea, who is head of economics at NUI Galway, where Hennessy is a post-graduate student, is expected to be without David Young and Shane Maher next year. They have reportedly withdrawn from inter-county hurling.
No high-profile retirements are expected and Jason Forde (Silvermines), John O'Dwyer (Killenaule), John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney) and minor star Thomas Hamill are all believed to be part of an extended pre-season panel.
The Sligo football squad, meanwhile, will have a new look next year. Alan Costello has emigrated to Australia, while long-serving goalkeeper Philip Greene and his St John's team-mate David Rooney have opted out due to work commitments. They will also be without the injured David Kelly, Paul McGovern and Colm McGee for the Allianz League.
Manager Kevin Walsh has drafted in a number of newcomers, including Tourlestrane duo Adrian McIntyre and Brian Egan, Niall McManus and Colm Egan of St Mary's and Joe Rogers and Michael Gormley of Bunninadden.