NAVARRE Grasshoppers have locked in top spot in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League ladder, but the job isn't done yet according to coach Daniel Parkin.
After a convincing win last week, Parkin has reassured his players the job isn't complete yet and that this weekend's match against Royal Park shouldn't be taken lightly.
Like most teams in the competition they have recruited well over the off season, but when they meet Navarre tomorrow the quality of those players will be on show.
"It is always interesting, you hear that these teams recruit well, but you never know what calibre they are going to be," Parkin said
Parkin is a strong believer of playing his own brand of football and not looking into the opposition too much.
"All I know is last year they got pumped by big margins each week," Parkin said.
"This year they won six or seven games in a row. Obviously they have improved."
Royal Park have lost their past two games against strong opposition in Lexton and Newstead, which shows that they are potentially still a bit off the pace.
Navarre will again look at some junior and reserve players to step up to fill their side with Tyler McSparron and Curtis Bibby both putting their hands up.
Ben Scott isn't too far away from returning for the Grasshoppers and Jayden Folkes and Luke Hendy were inclusions to training last night.
Cody Driscoll is battling from a sore shoulder and could be a late change tomorrow afternoon.
Parkin believes games are mostly won in the backline and he couldn't be happier with the way his defenders are combining.
Led by Brent Flood, the back six continually stand up to the pressure than is applied and limit the opposition's scoring.
"If they play directly for four quarters at a time, with more touch and feel it goes a long way," Parkin.
The forward line is also working hard, but their work rate when Navarre are not in possession could improve.
Navarre have now extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, but are keeping a lid on things.
"Football is a funny game in September," Parkin said.
"If we make it to the grand final we have one hand on it, until then we have work to do."