ST Arnaud coach James McNamee has played down speculation former Melbourne player Aaron Davey could be joining the North Central Football League club.
"I'm not sure where all that talk is coming from... we haven't spoken to him," McNamee said.
"There's nothing happening there."
Davey - close friends with former St Arnaud player Shannon Motlop - retired this year after 178 AFL games and 174 goals with Melbourne between 2004 and 2013.
Meanwhile, the Saints have already begun their build-up to the 2014 season and are now into their second week of pre-season training as they aim to improve on this year's preliminary final appearance.
"We need to get better - we need to turn eight to 10 junior and reserves players into senior players, so if we start early we give ourselves the best chance of doing that," McNamee said.
"It's something a bit different having a six-month pre-season, but it's about making it gradual and incremental and getting progressively fitter, rather than coming back late and trying to smash the guys on the track.
"At the moment, we're not kicking the footys yet, it's all based around running, so it's probably not the most enjoyable sessions for the players, but it's good for the club that we're all still doing stuff together.
"We'll find out whether it has worked or not next September."