It's been a long wait, but Blue Mountains Kangaroos footy players are happy to be back training again and can't wait for their first game on July 19.
"Kids are excited to be there. It's fun to be out there running around again. Sports clubs are an important part of community. It's our connection to each other," said club president Danny Croucher.
Training resumed in early June, with a bunch of new procedures in place, including hand sanitising before and after training, disinfecting all equipment between games and groups, and a pick up and drop off zone for parents.
It's anticipated it will be an 8-10 game season, to finish in early October instead of mid-August. That's meant discussions with athletics and cricket clubs who also use the AFL club's home ground - Tom Hunter Park at Faulconbridge.
While many community sports clubs have struggled through the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Croucher said they have been well supported and have even picked up new sponsors.
"We are in a strong financial position because of the work of the committees previously," he said.
"The support of sponsors and families will get us through this year and be in a good financial position for other years."
But he did acknowledge the club's canteen and fundraising such as barbecues at Bunnings did contribute significantly to club finances, and it was not known when these would be able to resume.
Fortunately, the club has retained most of their players from last year, but as the AFL development programs through schools stopped, they haven't been getting any new players through, so there are still spots available on most teams.
Registrations are still being accepted in all age groups. Visit Blue Mountains Kangaroos on Facebook for more information.