The Laois senior hurlers and footballers will begin their O’Byrne and Walsh Cup campaigns this weekend.
The footballers take on Meath in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening at 6pm.
Meanwhile, the hurlers start a day later as they travel to Birr to face Offaly at 2pm on Sunday.
And ahead of those games, both managers are set to be without some of their key men.
John Sugrue revealed that, apart from Niall Donoher, all of his squad from 2018 have returned – but there are some injuries.
He said: “We have a few fellas carrying knocks. Alan Farrell is only coming back from a surgery on his knee.
“Ross Munnelly hurt his shoulder in one of the Divisional games but he will be back hopefully by Christmas – he is doing rehab work.
“Robbie Donoher from Ballylinan also had surgery on his knee so hopefully he will be back motoring in the new year and we will be able to take a look at him.
“We haven’t made contact with the guys in Portlaoise or in Courtwood yet – just to give them a bit of head space for the time being.”
Like Sugrue, Eddie Brennan is set to be without some of his key men for the start of the season.
He said: “”Sean Downey has an injured hand and then Ben Conroy is going to be out for the guts of a year with a very bad knee injury.
“John Lennon has a serious enough injury that will require surgery. After that it is your general niggles.”