THE Gunnedah Red Devils will be looking to "leave it all on the field" in their first game of the Central North season on Saturday.
Playing host to Narrabri, the Red Devils will have a youthful lineup, consisting of six new players in the forward pack.
Red Devils' first grade manager Stan Gaynor told the Namoi Valley Independent the side would have "no excuses not to leave it all on the field" this week.
"We have a pretty young, fit and mobile squad this season," Gaynor said.
"Given we had the bye last weekend and have next weekend off due to Easter, we will be giving it our all that's for sure."
Gaynor said the new-look forward pack would be exciting to watch in season 2019.
"We have welcomed three new British imports to the club and they will all play in the forward pack," he said.
"In fact, pretty much all of the guys in our forward pack are pretty young.
"Some of our backs are quite young as well so hopefully we will be a pretty fit, mobile team this year."
After finishing sixth at the end of the 2018 Central North season, the Red Devils began pre-season training with the goal of developing a new game style.
"I'd say the last couple of weeks of pre-season training have been really focused on our game plan," Gaynor said.
"All of us at the club are really chomping at the bite to get out on the park.
"We are going to try a few new things in terms of game plan this season so it should be interesting to see how it goes."
Gaynor said "it may take some time" to see the side's game plan come together.
"I think it may take us a little bit of time to find our feet with this new game plan," he said.
"The early season will be about a lot of new guys playing together for the first time and really getting a feel for it.
"But I think it should be really good to see how it all comes together because I know they have all been working really hard during the pre-season."
After an impressive showing against Walcha in round one, Gaynor believes the Red Devils will have their hands full with Narrabri.
"Narrabri are always a pretty strong team," he said.
"They pushed Walcha, who made the grand final last year, in a really tight game last week so they should be full of confidence.
"I think we will be looking to some of our younger guys to help lead the way.
"Personally I think Tim McDermott will be one to watch. He plays in the second row and it should be really interesting to see how he leads the forward pack around. Honestly though, I think we are all really eager to get into it and hopefully we can start off the season with a win."
In the round's other action, the Quirindi Lions will be looking to bounce back from a round one defeat to Pirates when they take on Barraba. Saturday's Central North first grade games begin at 3.15pm.