Davy Fitzgerald (fifth season)
Cian Dillon and Tony Kelly will serve as joint-captains (first season)
Return to Division 1B after three years dining at the top table.
To start closing out games. Of the nine games Clare played in 2015 between league and championship, they lost four of them by a point.
Implications of long-term injuries to Tony Kelly and Pat Donnellan on their promotion push.
Conor Cleary, Bobby Duggan, Eoin O’Brien.
Darach Honan, Shane Golden, Seadna Morey, Podge Collins.
Colin Ryan (0-29)
Feb 14: v Offaly (h); Feb 20: v Wexford (a); Mar 5: v Laois (a); Mar 13: v Kerry (h); Mar 20: v Limerick (h).
Extent of casualty list when Limerick roll into Ennis on March 20 will have a significant bearing on whether or not they make a swift return to Division 1A — 1st.
Ciarán Carey (first season)
Daniel Collins (first season)
First spring in Division 1B since the six-team second tier came into effect in 2012.
A win. Moral victories are not much good to Kerry, well certainly not against teams like Laois, who they genuinely believe they can compete with.
A series of heavy beatings would leave them in a fragile state come the Leinster round-robin phase in May.
Michael Milner, Johnny Buckley (Lixnaw).
Shane Nolan 1-34 (37)
Feb 14: v Laois (a); Feb 20: v Limerick (h); Mar 6: v Wexford (h); Mar 13: v Clare (a); Mar 20: v Offaly (a).
Defeat at O’Moore Park on Sunday would send Kerry onto the back foot for the rest of the campaign and it is difficult to see where they will pick up points if a confidence-building result is not secured against Laois — 6th.
Seamus Plunkett (fourth season)
TBC Third season in Division 1B having been promoted from Division 2A in 2013.
To tighten a few loose screws in defence. Laois had the worst defensive record of any team in either Division 1A or 1B in 2015, conceding on average 2-21 per game.
Implications of retiring quintet —Tommy Fitzgerald, Joe Fitzpatrick, John A Delaney, Brian Stapleton and Jimmy Walsh have all hung up their inter-county boots.
Ryan Mullaney, Tadhg Dowling, Eoghan Fennelly.
Clean bill of health is reported.
Zane Keenan 2-44 (50)
Feb 14: v Kerry (h); Feb 20: v Offaly (a); Mar 5: v Clare (h); Mar 12: v Limerick (a); Mar 20: v Wexford (h).
Will have to beat Offaly in Tullamore to make quarter-finals. Doubtful — 5th.
TJ Ryan (third season)
Nicky Quaid (first season)
Despite winning the Division 2 title in 2011 this is Limerick’s sixth consecutive season in the second tier
Promotion. “We would have been very disappointed over the last number of years with the league,” said Ryan before Christmas, “We will be going after it in a major way.”
Loss of Na Piarsaigh contingent will hamper promotion bid; 2015 All-Ireland U21 medal-winners Ronan Lynch and David Dempsey would surely have been looked at were it not for their St Patrick’s Day commitments.
Diarmuid Byrnes, Darragh O’Donovan, Richie English.
Shane Dowling 1-20 (23)
Feb 13: v Wexford (h); Feb 20: v Kerry (a); Mar 6: v Offaly (a); Mar 12: v Laois (h); Mar 20: v Clare (a).
Victory at home to Wexford this weekend should keep Limerick’s fate in their own hands right up to the trip to Ennis on the final Sunday of action — 2nd.
Eamonn Kelly (first season)
Colin Egan (first season)
Fifth consecutive season in Division 1B.
Green shoots under new manager Eamonn Kelly. It has been a pretty awful couple of years for the Faithful County.
Life after Brian Carroll.
Conor Doughan, Patrick Rigney.
Dan Currams, Conor Mahon, Dermot Mooney, Eanna Murphy, Sean Ryan.
Shane Dooley 4-55 (67)
Feb 14: v Clare (a); Feb 20: v Laois (h); Mar 6: v Limerick (h); Mar 13: v Wexford (a); Mar 20: v Kerry (h).
Provided that they don’t slip up against Laois, they should again make the quarter-finals – 4th.
Liam Dunne (fifth season)
Part of the Division 1B furniture since 2012.
To reintegrate Jack Guiney back into the starting fold and to bring through the leading players from the U21 squads to reach successive All-Ireland finals.
Yet another third place finish, they’ve failed to break into the top two these past four springs.
Eoin Conroy, Padraig Foley, Cathal Dunbar.
Paul Morris, Conor McDonald, Shane Tomkins, Ian Byrne, Podge Doran
Jack Guiney 2-26 (32)
Feb 13: v Limerick (a); Feb 20: v Clare (h); Mar 6: v Kerry (a); Mar 13: v Offaly (h); Mar 20: v Laois (a).
They’ll need to take two points, minimum, from the opening fortnight of action to achieve promotion. Unlikely — 3rd.