GUNNEDAH Bulldogs coach Mick Schmiedel is ensuring his charges are ready for the Group 4 season, should it be given the green light to go ahead.
As restrictions surrounding social gatherings begin to ease, clubs are investigating the guidelines of training in groups of 10.
However, the first-year Bulldogs coach said he believed it was too soon to bring his players together.
"To me, it is probably a bit too hard for our club to be training in groups of 10," Schmiedel said.
"I'm not sure how you would even do it and I think it would raise a few red flags, so it's not really worth coming back until it has opened right up.
"In the meantime, we are reaching out to our players online and getting them to do their own workouts, just while we wait and see what it all looks like."
The long-time Group 4 coach said he believed if a competition was to be held this year, it could be one of the most competitive in years.
"Given some clubs start training earlier and have more trial matches, due to this lockdown, those sorts of things won't matter as much," he said.
"I've always said you need to win your first three or four games of the year if you want to be successful and I think that will certainly be the case if it's a shortened season.
"I think it does bring the competition back a bit, but I think the clubs that are a little bit more professional and do things on their own will be in a good spot.
"I know a lot of our guys have been doing their own thing, so I'm confident we will be alright, as will sides like North Tamworth, who are usually pretty strong regardless."