Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan has cited the Division 2 leaders' Round 5 clash against Down as "a fantastic challenge" ahead of this summer's Ulster championship.
While Saturday night's clash at Kingspan Breffni looks likely to be put back by a week as a result of Storm Emma (a call on the weekend's fixtures will be made tomorrow), McGleenan says he and his players remain firmly focused on what will be their first competitive outing of the season against Ulster opposition.
"Down were Ulster finalists last year. They are in the top three or four teams in Ulster; we're not. Our job is to try and get into it," the ex-Tyrone forward told The Irish News.
"Down is a chance to test ourselves against another team from Ulster, that's what we haven't faced to date, and games between Ulster counties always bring a different intensity.
"We had that wholesale last year with Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan, but this is the first time in the league against another Ulster team. Connaire Harrison wasn't playing against Clare and he's a fantastic player, a fantastic talent.
"Down will have their full team out this weekend, and that's a fantastic challenge for us to see where we're at in terms of our preparation for the Ulster championship come the summer time."