Bendigo Football Netball League clubs will be bolstered by the return of several in-form Bendigo Pioneers players.
The NAB League season goes into a recess for a month, leaving the Bendigo Pioneers-listed players the ability to return to their home clubs.
"Hopefully the majority of the lads will get the chance to compete in senior footy,'' Pioneers' assistant coach Chris Guinane said.
"We love them playing at NAB league level against 18 and 19-year-olds, but it's another element of challenge for them to compete against seasoned experts and stronger bodies.
"We hope that they go back and learn quite a bit. In four weeks we hope they bring that back to our program."
The Pioneers squad will train as a group each Tuesday night during the recess and train with their local clubs once per week.
"We want to keep the group connected and that's a big element for us,'' Guinane said.
"Our three focus areas are our shape, ball movement and contest method.
"We'll come together on a Tuesday night and work on those areas, but at the same time we want the boys to go back to their local clubs and contribute to their club's success.
"We'll be encouraging them to give their best when they go home."
The round three BFNL match that could see an influx of Pioneers at senior level is the match of the round between the unbeaten Sandhurst and Golden Square at the QEO.
Sandhurst-listed midfielder Sam Conforti has made a brilliant start to the season for the Pioneers, while the Dragons could also add key position player Cobi Maxted, defender Cooper Smith and half-forward Harvey Gallagher.
Jack Hickman, one of the Pioneers' best players in Sunday's win over Geelong, and Zavier Murley could find their way into Golden Square's senior team.
Winless Strathfieldsaye might turn to key forward Caleb Ernst and midfielders Bode Stevens and Linc White for its home game with Maryborough.
The Magpies are likely to select Aiden Hare, who is in terrific form with the Pioneers.
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