CHESTER Jets may be flying high in the British League and chasing two trophies, but head coach Robbie Peers is already looking to next season.
While his players were enjoying a well-deserved break last weekend, he was in Amsterdam watching players in an international tournament.
And the trip paid off, because he made a note of an American-born player in the Belgian squad who could be high on his shopping list at the end of the season.
'I was very impressed with him and I have already found out who his agent is. I will certainly be monitoring him in the next few months,' he said.
And on the return to his Wirral home, Peers spent Monday doing what he always does working. 'Every Monday I dedicate to next season,' he explained. 'I watch videos of players all over Europe and the USA and do my homework.
'I never have a day off. I can't afford to because there will always be some other coach working even harder.'
But he has been going easy on his squad as they prepare for this weekend's double header. Jets visit Derby Storm tomorrow (7.30) in a league match, bidding to stretch their lead in the Northern Conference. And on Sunday, Leicester Riders, the only team to beat them in the league, are at the Northgate Arena for the latest match in the BBL Trophy group stages (5.30).
'We will not be treating Derby lightly,' said Peers. 'We need to be sharp and stamp our authority on the match.
' When we beat them earlier we didn't get any credit for it because everyone said Derby were a poor side, but they have since proved they are not.
'We have a point to prove against Leicester and I am looking forward to it. We are the Trophy holders and we want to hang on to it.'
The squad have trained only lightly this week as Peers bids to keep them fresh and hungry for action.
'With a small squad, the players need lots of rest to keep them fresh, and it works,' he said.
Pero Cameron is still nursing a calf injury and John Thomas has been having treatment on a tooth problem, but everyone is expected to be fit.