"From Kildare's point of view," said Jason Ryan this week, "we need results straight away if we're to have any possibility of being promoted."
It won't be easy.
From last year, Kildare are shorn of the talents of Paddy Brophy, Seán Hurley and Daniel Flynn - all residing in Oz - and the retired Johnny Doyle.
And having such a young squad is probably more a nuisance in this competition than any other.
Ryan is presently without his collegiate contingent of Tommy Moolick, Niall Kelly, Paul Cribbin, Niall Kelly, Fergal Conway and David Hyland.
The Lilies take on Louth in Newbridge, themselves lighter the influence of Paddy Keenan and Shane Lennon, but under the new direction of Colin Kelly.
Turlough O'Brien, another managerial newbie, starts his reign in Carlow against a UCD team with enough quality to challenge for this competition.