David Treacy, will sit out this Sunday's Walsh Cup semi-final, but knows the game is another step in preparation for the upcoming NHL.
The Cuala forward is nursing his way back to full fitness after tweaking a hamstring in Dublin's Walsh Cup victory over Offaly.
“It was just a little niggle against Offaly toward the end of the first-half. Mainly precautionary because I've had issues with that before.
"So it was more so to get it right at this time of the year when we had a bit of time while the Walsh Cup is going on and we have a full panel to choose from.
“I'm better off getting my body right at this time of the year and making sure that when I'm coming back that it's all good because I don't want to run into those issues half-way through the league or at the end of the league.”
David is really looking forward to the season ahead as the Dubs, under new manager Mattie Kenny, look to get back to the top table and progress further after some encouraging signs last season.
“Looking forward, it's just about getting those extra one per cents from last year.
“It's not throwing everything out, it's a case of where can we make improvements on what was done last year in Mattie's (Kenny) style or whatever idea he has in his head.
“Great progress made last year but it's a case of where can we add those differences instead of losing by a point or winning by a point.
“That starts with a big test on Sunday (against Galway in the Walsh Cup semi-final). We've had a good couple of games (versus Carlow, Offaly and Laois).
“Playing games every week is really beneficial towards us trying to get our style of hurling and knowing who plays where and making sure it's organically becoming a system that we have.”
Saturday 12th January 2019
Bord na Mona O Byrne Cup Semi Finals:
Parnell Park (7.00)
The Downs GAA (2.00)
Sunday 13th January 2019
Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Semi Finals:
Bellefield, Enniscorthy (2.00)
Parnell Park (2.00)
Bord na Mona Kehoe Cup Semi Finals
Bord na Mona Kehoe Shield Final:
Louth Venue (2.00)
Winner on the Day:
If sides finish level at the end of normal time - no extra time. Winner will be decided on a PENALTY SHOOT OUT (for goals only).