THERE is no such thing as an "off-season" in rugby league and Helensburgh have made that plain both on and off the park.
After returning to the finals after a two-year absence in 2019, the Tigers are looking to make a bigger September impression in 2020.
The signing of former Roosters NRL half Ben Jones is certainly a step in that direction, with the former Indigenous All-Star and 2017 premiership-winner with Collegians inking a deal with the club this week.
The club's also been linked to another marquee half to go with the arrival of Hayden Peacock, Jordan Bowles and Zeke Foster and coach Gav Lennon has sights set on much more than merely making the finals.
"We've been chatting to Benny for a while and he had a few offers to play [Ron] Massey [Cup] again this year but we've managed to jag him which is great," Lennon said.
"We were looking for a quality half and Jonesy's name popped we thought he'd be a perfect fit for us. We're still chasing another couple because we've lost a few as well but we're starting to plug those holes.
"I think it says a lot about the culture of the place at the moment that we've got guys from other clubs that have had experience in our comp and know what it's about are looking at us as a viable option.
"It's not so much about the money, it's about coming to play at a club with good people in and around it. The fact the bigger clubs can't throw as much money around as they used to makes it about relationships and that brings us right back into play and it's looking really positive for us."
Lennon's also hoping the new recruits can bring a steelier mindset after the Tigers were notoriously guilty of drifting in and out of contests last season.
"The way its set up, once you get into that top four you've got a puncher's chance of winning it," Lennon said.
"You've only got to string two games together and you've got a shot, unfortunately the way we've played we've struggled to string those two together.
"I think with the calibre of guys we've brought in we're going to be able to do that a bit more next year. When we put ourselves in a position to beat those top-four sides we've got to be willing to go that extra yard.
"We've spoken a lot about being resilient in how we play and in our attitude. That's going to be the big thing for us through preseason, using adversity as something in our tool set rather than something to be afraid of."
The Burgh also continue to set the pace off the park in community engagement, with 40 club members volunteering with the South Coast Disabled Surfers Association last weekend.
"It was an unreal day and I highly recommend any other club or people consider doing something similar because it's a great experience for everyone involved," Lennon said.
"They only have small team of four or five people so we just asked 'could you use 40 extra hands?' It was one day we could help out to put some smiles on some faces and it's a credit to everyone involved."