Steve Bruce says there is a "real determination" for Newcastle United to finish the season off strongly once Project Restart gets the green light.
Bruce and his players are looking to move to phase two of training, which will include contact sessions, before stepping back on to the field for a competitive fixture in mid-June.
United won their last game in March at Southampton before the season was suspended due the virus pandemic.
When the campaign was halted Bruce's side were just four points out of the top 10 and the Geordie head coach is keen to end what has been a season like no other in the upper half of the table.
Bruce told the Chronicle: "That is the ultimate aim. We are trying to achieve that and as far as I am concerned let's get it started.
"We want to be up and running.
"There are nine Premier League games and let's see where that takes us."
United's players were left to train at home during the UK lockdown but are now starting to think about the prospect of matches again.
There has been plenty of debate over whether football should return but some feel that Premier League action would offer fans some much-needed entertainment.
Playing games again would also give players something to focus on.
Bruce said: "It is vitally important. For me, there is nothing quite like a game of football - especially with the set-up we've got with 50,000 Geordie fans coming every other week.
"But we'll have to adhere to the rules."
The one clear factor from Project Restart is that games must be played behind closed doors.
Bruce said: "You'd rather see a full St James' Park than an empty one that is for sure and for more reasons than one.
"Everybody is going to have to be patient and adhere to whatever change is going to be.
"I would think (crowds coming back) will be the last thing on anybody's agenda especially the way they are talking about social distancing.
"It's frustrating for fans who want to get back and see their team.
"However, it is frustrating for all of us in every walk of life."