Strabane will also have to punch well above their weight if they are to make it into the top half of the table.
Tommy Barr’s men left reeling after Burndennett opted not to go for an overseas player and instead target Red Caps’ duo Mark Snodgrass and Andy Barr.
In addition it seems that Barry Scott has decided to join neighbouring Fox Lodge, while there are also doubts over Ryan Gallagher's availability for the campaign as he is keen to extend his Australian adventure.
Last year’s Championship winners have yet to announce the identity of their new overseas man- thought to be a 27-year old Sri Lankan seam bowler.
The paperwork is still in the system and they will be hoping that when he is confirmed that he won't have missed too much of the season.
They’ll be hoping the Sri Lankan bats as well as bowls because they’re a bit thin on the ground ahead of what could be a testing summer.
As ever much will depend on Aaron and Peter Gillespie, and if they can persuade a few retirees to give it another lash, they may not be doomed just yet.