The likelihood of both Glenanne and Pembroke's international players being available for the EuroHockey League's opening rounds was given a huge boost as both were confirmed to play in the first of the two weekends of group stages.
Both clubs will play in Barcelona on the weekend of October 9 to 11, giving at least some breathing space for sides with large Irish representation ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers.
It means there is a minimum of 20 days between the end of their EHL involvement and the first of three World Cup Qualifying tournaments in Lille on October 31.
A worst case scenario would have seen Ireland play in this competition a week after EHL group games in Lille and would likely see club players pulled out in favour of playing for Ireland.
Should Ireland be drawn in one of the later WCQ events, the issue becomes less of a problem. The draw for the WCQs will take place once the current continental competitions have been completed with Invercargill, New Zealand (November 7-15) and Quilmes, Argentina (November 14-22) the other two possible destination.
KHC Leuven and their Irish pair Phelie Maguire and Mitch Darling, however, could face a tug-o-war for the player services as the Belgian club has been drawn in the second set of group matches.
* At the time of writing, The Hook has been informed that while the draw for the EHL group stages has been made, a couple of issues remain to be ironed out and so final details will not be released for a couple of days.