"That'll probably mean we will peak a bit later in the season, which might not be such a bad thing."
Yazid admitted Woodlands were much more fortunate with injuries and suspensions last season, and this contributed to their outstanding season.
"We were lucky because each time, at best, maybe we had one or two players out with injuries or suspensions," said the 34-year-old.
"But, apart from that, I don't think there's too much difference between last year's Woodlands and now.
"Everybody's working hard, and looking forward to the new season.
"It's always difficult to replicate a good season but it's up to the players to do their best and try to achieve it. We want to keep moving forward."
In: Milos Jevtic (DF, Serbian, Dorcol Beograd) Stefan Milojevic (FW, Serbian, Geylang), Walid Lounis (DF, Tanjong Pagar)
Out: Cho Sung Hwan (DF, South Korean, released), Theerawekin Seehawong (MF, Thai, released), Shariff Allapitchay (DF, Tampines), Ang Zhi Wei (DF, Tampines)
Darren Stewart left Balestier Khalsa under a cloud of controversy at the end of last season after guiding the club to their first piece of silverware in the professional era, the StarHub League Cup.The former Australia international has never finished in the bottom half of the S.League in his five years as a head coach with Gombak United and then Balestier, and will want to keep that record going this season.
ONE TO WATCH
Yazid Yasin turns 35 in June, but the shot-stopper flings himself about during training as though he were still a teenager. His flying saves contributed greatly to Woodlands' top-half finish last season, and he will be depended upon again to lead from the back.
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