Octopuses Pink veteran David Barrett expects his team to be fighting fit when they return to A-grade action despite almost a month without games or trainings over the Christmas-New Year period.
“We haven’t done too much over the break, the guys usually take the opportunity to have a decent break over the Christmas period,” he said.
“But the beauty of summer is that guys usually keep active anyway, so hopefully they’re coming back into the season reasonably fit.”
The men in pink currently sit second on the ladder, just three points behind ladder-leading Dolphins, but their focus will remain on developing their young players, according to Barrett.
“It’s about the juniors for us,” he said.
“We want to make sure that they keep improving and becoming very good A-grade players.”
Barrett will miss his side’s return game, having copped a one-match suspension for his role in a four-man altercation against the Dolphins in the final round before Christmas.
“I think the whole association is keen to put it behind us,” he said.
“It probably sounded a lot worse than what it was, it wasn’t a major thing.”
The men’s A-grade schedule for the remainder of the season is yet to be released, but play is expected to resume on Tuesday next week with the women playing the night before.