Cudgewa captain Mitch Pynappels will return from injury for his side's round four clash against Border Walwa at Cudgewa Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Pynappels only managed a half in the Blues' round one defeat to defending premiers Bullioh and has missed big victories against Tumbarumba and Corryong the past fortnight.
Despite the huge gap in early season form, Cudgewa isn't getting ahead of itself as it awaits a struggling Border Walwa outfit.
The Blues have been the highest scoring team in the league with a whopping 519 points from their first three games, while the Magpies have mustered just 28.
But until they've had a look at all five opposing sides, Cudgewa coach Brayden Carey isn't allowing complacent to creep in.
"We'll approach it like it's a Bullioh or a top side," Carey said.
"It's the same mindset with everyone we play.
"Until we've played everyone and get an understanding of how everyone plays, we'll go into every game the same.
"It's been a good start by the boys."
Carey couldn't have asked for much more since taking the reins of the Upper Murray club.
A one-point loss to premiership fancies Bullioh the only blemish in the first three weeks.
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"I'm rapt with the start we've had and it's going to get better the more games we play together," he said.
"There was 13 new faces at the start of the year, we haven't really fully gelled yet.
"Our captain Mitch (Pynappels) has only played half a game and Kylin Morey has only played two games.
"The more game time together, the better we'll gel and the better we'll be.
"Right across the ground, everyone is playing their role at the moment."
Carey admitted Pynappels would be the only inclusion for the Blues at this stage, but he may look to rest some other sore bodies.
While Carey was disappointed to fall just short against Bullioh, the Blues will have two further chances for revenge during the 15-round season.
"Those two sides (Bullioh and Federal) look like they're really going to challenge this year," Carey added.
There's already a major divide forming between the top three (Federal, Bullioh and Cudgewa) and the bottom three (Tumbarumba, Corryong and Border Walwa).
When one of the top-three has met a bottom side, the margin has been more than 100 points each time.
After drawing with Bullioh last start, Federal will look to hit back with a win at home against Tumbarumba.
Bullioh will start clear favourites against the winless Corryong.
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