It's been a difficult initiation to coaching for Beaufort premiership player Brendan Howard, but he's got his charges fired up for a potential start to the 2020 season.
Howard, who has taken over at the Crows' helm with sidekick Mitch Jenkins, was back on the track last night for the club's first training session since COVID-19 restrictions took hold.
AFL Victoria now allows two groups of 20 to train on the one oval, providing social distancing measures are met.
Howard said the Crows would just train in the hope of the season beginning at some point soon.
"We are just following all of the protocols set by the league and if there's a season, we'll play. When the league calls it (off), we will pull the pin on it, I guess," he said.
Howard said while he'd like to see the Central Highlands Football League get up and running this year, he understood why it might be abandoned.
"I can go either way on it," he said. "It's got to be viable for clubs and it's got to be viable for the league to go ahead with it. So if it gets down to a certain number of games, obviously it probably won't be.
"I know there's going to be a fair bit of argument about fairness on the fixtures and stuff like that just because we are not going to get to play everyone once."
Howard and Jenkins are in their first season in charge after taking over from Rohan Brown.