The Dubbo Bulls haven't had much reason to complain since the start of the season, but veteran Gareth Williams does see one downside in the games so far.
"Nothing's too different from last year, but we've had a couple of injuries, James Leonard's out at the moment and a few other guys are hurt as well," Williams said.
Despite the injury bug biting, the Bulls were able to triumph over local grand final rivals the Orana Spurs in the Western Premier League on the weekend, drawing out a tough 1 - 0 win.
Williams himself took the match winning shot, and so far he's been one of the Bulls most consistent scorers at this early stage, but he's still eager to see the Bulls back at full strength.
"We haven't really played with our full team yet, but I suppose that's a good sign, because we're still performing and we're still winning," Williams said.
"Still, it'll be good to have everyone back."
While Williams scored the deciding goal in the Bulls last match-up, there was plenty of confidence in the squad's playing roster, with Alex Richardson-Bell providing a vital assist.
"A few of the boys that backed up for us in first grade did really well last week, Coby and Alex both really performed and I think our whole backline was really key for us in playing that well and keeping us going in the game," Williams said.
Williams is also one of the players relishing the return of the region's top-level competition, he was one of the talents that saw action in 2012, when the Bulls won what was at the time considered to be the WPL's final premiership.
"I've really been looking forward to it coming back and it's really, really good to be back playing in the WPL, getting to play back in 2012 when I was an under 18 was great," Williams said.
The Bulls took the last three WPL titles in a row, and have appeared in the last ten Dubbo District grand finals straight, but Williams says there's still plenty of time on field to play out before they start thinking about another trophy.
"We're not doing too bad so far, which is good, but it's still a really long way to go before finals," Williams said.
Before they take the next step on what could eventually be another run to a grand final, the Bulls will have to reckon with another home derby, this time against Macquarie United.
While the Bulls dealt Macquarie a number of losses in the last local season, the outfit in blue have seen their roster bolstered and some big changes made.
"I'm not really sure what we can make of Macquarie before this game, they've got a fairly different team from last year at the moment and they're definitely not doing too bad, it's going to be really interesting to get in there and see what they're like this time out," Williams said.