Cobram Roar is back on the pitch.
The local Albury-Wodonga Football Association outfit resumed training last night after receiving the green light from all of the necessary parties involved, and senior coach Bill Puckett was excited to see his squad in person once more.
“There's certainly been a buzz around the group about getting back to training,” Puckett said.
“We're keen to get back out on the park together, see each other face to face and catch up again - while following all of the guidelines of course.”
While the initial return to training will give players the chance to see each other again, attention will quickly turn towards getting the best out of themselves inside the framework of the restrictions.
“It is a very social thing after all (football clubs),” Puckett said.
“But at the same time we're a competitive bunch of lads and we've kept fit throughout lockdown.
“It hasn't just been a holiday, we've been keeping connected and challenging each other and everyone has gotten on board with that.
“We've kept it as serious as possible because at the end of the day we want to play the best football that we can,” he said.
Training will look a little different to usual for the Roar, with two groups of 20 allowed on either side of the Apex Reserve pitch and all players directed to bring their own sanitiser and clearly labelled water bottle along with them in order to take part.
“There's 20 allowed on each half, but we'll probably only have about 15 training in each squad so we have a bit of room to move,” Puckett said.
“The firsts and reserves will train on the same night on either side of the pitch and the thirds will train on a separate night - they wouldn't usually but it's to make sure we stay within the guidelines.”