Conor Whelan reckons the competition for a place in Galway's starting 15 will be as fierce as ever in 2018.
The Tribesmen captured their first Liam MacCarthy Cup in 29 years this past September and looking ahead to the new season Whelan knows that they'll be going in as marked men following their league and championship success.
"It's a new experience for us, but I don't think it'll be anything different. Come late December and January, the Cup will be put away and things will be back to normal with a fresh start," he told GAA.ie
"I think every position will be up for grabs again. I think Micheal (Donoghue) will draft in a few players from the Galway U21 team and that will create competition for places.
"The League is on early this year and you can already feel it coming around. It's less than six weeks away now. We didn't achieve promotion last year and that's the one area we're really looking at next year, we want to come up (from Division 1B)."