Angle Vale Football Club is looking at being more competitive and consistent on the field when the 2021 season starts next month.
Despite only winning two games in a disrupted season last year, A Grade coach, Troy Treverton, said the mood at the club is positive.
An injection of a group of new players has already boosted spirits and is helping to lift skill level expectations on the field.
“(Last year) was certainly a tough season for the club with the amount of work put in behind the scenes with all the compliance changes around training and game days,” he said.
“It was a massive effort by the club to keep everything running (but) we must be more consistent in our performance.
“Over the past few years we have shown in patches our best football is good enough, we just need to play four quarters.”
The senior squad started training in mid-November with lots of running drills.
Since early January ball work has also been incorporated into the training schedule.
Treverton said there are a few players to keep an eye on this season, including some up-and-coming junior lads.
“Jay Rathmann looks ready for a big year now having played more than 40 games of A grade,” he said.
“He has had a massive off-season and is the fittest he has been.
“Jayden Ruediger is a recruit who has had a massive pre-season and has looked all class during our internal trials.
“Tony Bax has also been to every session and has really impressed with his foot skills
“We also have some exciting juniors who will play A grade this year.
“Trent Tattoli and Parker Lewis, both only 16 years of age, will again experience some A grade football after showing they were more than capable during their games in 2020.
Looking ahead, Treverton said the biggest challenge for the club heading into the season is matching it with the top teams.
“We have built our side and imported some real experience,” he said.
“Now the challenge is for our younger players to make the step up after two to three years of A grade.
“There will be pressure on spots, as our list is very healthy and there’s plenty of talent.
“We are coming into 2021 full of confidence and have set no boundaries on what we can achieve this year.
“The feeling in the group is the best it has been and we will hit round one in the best shape we have been since joining the APFL.”