It hasn't been an ideal start to the preseason for Moree Services FC, but the club is still "optimistic" they can enter two teams into the Namoi League this year, according to president Matt Urquhart.
After being forced to forfeit their FFA Cup round three match against Camden Haven Redbacks FC, however, Urquhart said there's still lots of work to do.
"There was no commitment from players to make it to training and even less commitment to travel across [to Port Macquarie] for the game," he said of the forfeit.
While there was no official game played, the Moree players that did travel across at least got a run, playing a trial game against Camden Haven with the help of some fill in players from the opposition.
The club is well into its preseason now, and they have high aspirations after failing to make the grand final in 2019.
There are currently around eight to 12 players consistently turning up to training each week, but Urquhart is hoping to see more.
"We're counting them up. We've got enough to make potentially two sides again, however they need to show faces," he said.
"We've been pretty easy for preseason. We haven't been busting anyone's guts or anything like that.
"It's just been cruisy and getting the air back into people's lungs."
Urquhart said while numbers have been low, he's seeing improvement in the players that are there.
"It's all about getting miles in the legs," he said.
There is no official start date for the season, but it's most likely to kick off around Easter.
Urquhart is encouraging anyone who might be interested in joining the club or just having a run to come to the training sessions on Thursdays and Sundays from 6.30pm behind the Moree Services Club.