It might be just the time of year but as sure as the mornings draw out, the birds begin to sing and buds appear, so concern stirs for the future of national league rugby.
The perennial speculation about curtailing access between the First Division and the Premiership, to create some sort of oval ball gated community, abound, yet it seems, to me at least, this year the craving for exclusivity is rather more promise than threat.
In their own minds the top-flight clubs have had enough uncertainty. They wonder how they can be confident in investing in facilities and young talent if they could lose their seat at the table at any time.
They are purported to have come out and declared their desire to assume control of the Premiership.
According to reports Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premier Rugby, presented his plans to take over running of the division to the International Rugby Board last week.
Concomitant with the power shift, it is claimed, would be an immediate ring-fencing and the promotion of Harlequins and, believe it or not, Cornish Pirates. Yes, those Cornish Pirates, the ones who are supposed to be returning to part-time rugby from next season. I have contacted Premier Rugby who are cogitating on their response.
It is doubtful whether this report appeared out of nothing. The Demanding Dozen have not exactly been backward in expressing their distaste for life outside the spotlight and if the National League clubs were to acquiesce to a promotion buy-off they'd dance themselves dizzy.
Blah, blah you might say, heard it all before. The clubs can stomp and pout all they like but they have yet to break down the resolve of the Rugby Football Union.
Outwardly yes, inwardly I'm not so sure. I have been told by two impeccable sources that the governing body are considering the future of the grants they pay to clubs outside level one and two. Moseley, Stourbridge and Nuneaton fall into this bracket.
The effect of withdrawing the £90,000 a year they give to such organisations would be catastrophic yet the RFU wonder what value they get for their money.
If National Two were to be cut loose they would effectively be unable to continue as semi-professional concerns. Their only options would be to find a benevolent sugar daddy, among the sharks and property developers that prowl the waters of regional rugby, or to stop paying players altogether.
So even though eminent coaches such as Bristol's Richard Hill and Worcester's John Brain consider National Two a suitable place to blood some of their prospects, it is doubtful whether that would be the case if the division was completely amateur. All but the very tip of the sport would have gone a full circle in just over a decade.
The clubs who scattered their toys the furthest in the name of league rugby in the early 1970s are advocating a closed shop - the very antithesis of competition.
As something of an eloquent postscript to this topic, it was interesting to see Shaun Perry called up into the full England squad on Monday. He has subsequently been left out of the matchday 22 to play Italy but his rise has been little short of meteoric since he joined Bristol last summer. He made his international debut in England A's victory in Rome last Friday and Andy Robinson has called him in for Peter Richards as third-choice scrum-half.
Perry's background? Two years in National One with Coventry, many more in National Three North with Dudley Kingswinford. His future? Scoring the winning try in the grand slam decider with Ireland next month, perhaps. There's your value for money.