It'll only be a short run up for take-off for the North West Falcons men, and it will be a season like no other, but the Gulgong team will be hitting the field this year.
The draft draw for the Dubbo and District Football Association has five home games for the local club, the first four of which are in a row, beginning on Sunday, July 5, at Billy Dunn Oval.
There'll be no finals series, instead the format will be English Premier League style, first-past-the-post is the winner. Which will put an even greater emphasis on not dropping games that you should win throughout the 11-round season.
The later start to play had put it on a collision course with the start of cricket, should they've run finals, and there was a greater difficulty trying to get the various grades to sync-up due to changed team numbers.
This also led to a merging of two grades, which will see the Falcons set to go up against some previously higher ranked sides.
However, co-president Greg Reid said the local team - that took the 2019 grand final to penalty shoot-out in their grade - will be up for the challenge.
"Looking at how strong the comp is going to be, it's going to be very competitive for all of the teams. But I think we can handle it quite well," he said.
"Merging the grades was probably the best thing to do this year, considering how late we're starting and a lot of people being unavailable for other clubs. It's likely to only be this season, but we'll see what happens."
And while the Falcons have only had limited warm-up - two training sessions since the easing of restrictions - the combination of a core of club stalwarts, some new players for the club and some returning, has looked positive.
"We probably had a shorter preparation than then other clubs, because a lot of them started training as soon as they could, but we didn't start because we weren't sure if we'd be playing," he added.
"Two/three weeks is very short, but we're doing well, at training it was almost a bit like we'd never left the field. And we've got some new faces who are gelling with our squad."
Reid said that the Falcons not fielding a women's side in 2020 is unfortunately the result of so much uncertainty over whether they'd even be a season to play. But is optimistic of their return in a year with a bit more surety.
"That's just been the nature of the beast this year, a lot of factors were out of our control, hopefully they'll be back and with a team in 2021," he said.
The wait for a clear green light for football competitions to resume has been an agonising one, with junior football being given the go-ahead to return on July 5, but a question mark lingered over senior competition before it was eventually confirmed.