The new Leinster round-robin system will see Offaly take on Dublin, Wexford, Galway and Kilkenny in what could be a long five weeks for the Faithful.
If they are to avoid relegation to the newly created second-tier competition, they are going to have to muster up a win from somewhere. For this to happen, they will need to be on top form.
However, these plans were dealt an early blow with the news that experienced goalkeeper James Dempsey will not be available for selection.
According to a report in the Irish Examiner, new Faithful boss Kevin Martin, will have to secure a new net-minder as Dempsey, who has played for Leinster in the inter-provincial championship, is thought to not be committing to another year.
The report also adds that Daniel Currams and Conor Mahon are in line to return to the inter-county scene. However, they have not yet met up with the panel but that is due to club commitments as Kilcormack-Killoughey are still involved in the Leinster club championship.
It is unclear whether new manager Martin will be open to dual players. Should an arrangement be made, Nigel Dunne will be in line to play both codes for the Midlands county.
Offaly beat Westmeath in Leinster last year to ensure Liam MacCarthy Cup status for the coming year but then suffered heavy defeats to Galway and Waterford.
Offaly open their 2018 Leinster Championship campaign against reigning All-Ireland champions Galway on May 12 before a daunting trip to Nowlan Park eight days later.
Before the summer, they will compete in Division 1B of the National Hurling League alongside the Tribesmen, Antrim, Dublin, Laois and Limerick.
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