Berrigan Football Club has had a steady start to its pre-season, which kicked off on Monday last week.
Players have had three training sessions so far, with the side training every Monday and Wednesday.
The Saints snuck into the top five in the Picola League finals this year, before being eliminated by Blighty in the semi finals.
Berrigan captain Grant Martin said the drive to improve on this year’s efforts has seen the players ‘‘hit the ground running’’ after returning from the off-season.
‘‘We’ve had about 12 to 15 blokes training already,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s to be expected that we’ll be missing a few at this time of year with most of the boys busy on the farms with harvest, so we’re happy with the numbers.
‘‘Our main goal is to have more of a consistent season next year.
‘‘We’ll be looking to build early to ensure that we get in a good position leading into finals rather than having to fight our way from fifth.
‘‘Everyone that has been at training has looked good so far though.
‘‘We’ve been doing a mix of running and ball work to ease ourselves back into it.
‘‘We’ll have a Christmas break of two or three weeks and then we’ll really get stuck into it.’’
The Saints will train up until Wednesday, December 20 before their Christmas break.
Training is held every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm at the Berrigan Sports Ground.