EOGHAN O'GARA hopes that a looming date with his surgeon will finally rid him of a persistent hip problem and leave him fighting-fit for next summer's championship.
The marauding attacker endured a truncated 2012 campaign, encapsulated by his spring travails when a dazzling 1-5 display against Laois in O'Moore Park was followed, soon after, by a groin injury that forced him to sit out the second half of the league.
Speaking at the Parnell Park launch of Dublin's new jersey, O'Gara confirmed that last year's groin injury was actually caused by a longer-term hip problem.
Where previously he has attempted temporary treatments, he is now banking on a permanent surgical solution.
"I'm undergoing hip surgery so I'll be back in March-April time and focusing on the championship and the summer then," explained the Templeogue Synge St clubman.
"I'll be missing two or three months. It's a long-standing injury so I've a chance to sort it out once and for all, with the target of being back in the frame for the summer, pain-free.
"It's been there for a couple of seasons," he added.
"This will allow me to finally sort it out and relieve all the pain in the groin, so I hope to be back pain free around March-April."
Action for the Dubs begins on New Year's Day when they face the Dubs Stars in the Evening Herald/Dublin Bus clash at St Peregrine's club.