Dale Power is extending his tenure as Lake Wendouree senior coach to a fourth season.
Lakers and Power have locked in a 12-month extension after this year's Ballarat Football League season was called off owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Power led Lakers to sixth and and an elimination appearance in his first season at CE Brown Reserve in 2018.
They had five wins last year to finish ninth.
Power said the break from the week-to-week commitments of coaching had provided a good spell and an opportunity to reset.
He said the club had put all training on hold and later this month would begin speaking with players about next season.
Power said Lakers would break up the pre-season program into three pathways, providing options based on where players were in their careers.
He said the club had a substantial number of players in the 17 to 23-year age bracket who might focus on skills and strengthening physical attributes more than those in the older group. More match-play simulation will also feature.
Power said he was unsure what impact the break from football might have on Lakers' list.
The non-playing coach said with Lakers being a relatively young list there were no obvious retirements pending. He did say though here was always a possibility some players might choose to opt out of football having had a taste for other pastimes or employment opportunities.
Lake Wendouree picked up decorated North Ballarat Roosters and North Melbourne player and VFL best and fairest Nick Rippon as its marquee recruit for this year.
However, it did lose Henderson Medallists Ben Taylor and Shane Hutchinson, and Bailey Edwards - all star midfielders.