'Clooney came flying out of the traps last season and looked among the favourites for promotion before hitting the buffers mid-summer.
There is no doubt that they have the players for another challenge this season especially having kept the whole squad together over the winter.
The Moan brothers did a really good job at the top of the order in 2017 and laid a platform for the likes of Mark Gordon and Andre Henry to kick on.
There are several quality youngsters emerging at the club as well- William Finlay and Jordan Connor two of those that they will have high hopes for this time around.
No doubt either that the skipper is delighted that Henry is returning this month to help their development and to spearhead another charge.
"Andre is the biggest hitting pro in the league and probably the most destructive player in the region when he gets going" said Moan.
"It can only help the younger players to play alongside him.
"We finished 3rd in the league last time- only one win away from a play-off place. We hope to start this season off as well as we did last year and then kick on.
"As a club we will keep on putting in the hard work both at training and in matches but most of all we want to enjoy it- something that is lost at times in our league."
There's no doubt that there is a Championship challenge in Killyclooney and with no absolute standout teams they have as good a chance as any in an open looking year.
The prize of Premiership cricket in 2019 might mean a whole different ball game for whichever team(s) do make it up this time, but Darren Moan would happily worry about that next year.