McNally said there were pros and cons to the break, but that he'd been proud of the way the players had responded to this period's unique challenges.
"For some it might be a bit of respite, a bit of relief, from the constant scrutiny – particularly the scrutiny our players get at this football club," admitted the doctor.
“I think for a few it will have been a welcome break from that. But they thrive on those challenges of competition. They're all competitive by nature, individually – collectively, as a group, even more so. Training every day is very competitive, [and] they'll be miss that. Daily banter with the lads on the training field, and the positivity that comes out of that. I know they'll be doing it in their social media groups, and in the background, but it's not the same as training or the gym. There'll be some boys on their own; there'll be some with extended families around them; some preoccupied with young children. Distractions may help some, but others may have a lot of time to kill.
“Fortunately, most of the boys have been well and there's been no real issues at all. We're not getting injuries, fortunately – although there's been a few unusual complaints because of things like trying their hand at cooking, or being bitten by the dog, that type of thing! It's just a different focus.
“But it's also been interesting just to see how self-sufficient and self-managing they've become really over the last few weeks. They've got a big team around them at ATC and when we're on the road, and we all want to do our bit to help them. They're on their own a little bit now, and I've been pleased and quite proud of them really, the way they've got on with it.