As St George-Illawarra prepare to farewell Matt Cooper, Michael Weyman and Nathan Fien at WIN Stadium on Saturday, the club's next generation is savouring the opportunity to bury the New Zealand Warriors' finals hopes.
The Warriors sit on 26 competition points, locked in a four-way finals race with Newcastle (27), Gold Coast (26) and North Queensland (26) for the final two spots in the top eight.
As the first of the four sides to play in round 26, Matt Elliott's men will be hoping to jump ahead and apply pressure to their finals rivals after entering the eight for the first time last Saturday, albeit for 24 hours, with a thumping 50-16 win over Canberra.
The Dragons are coming off a 26-22 loss to last-placed Parramatta on Monday and are out of finals contention but hard-hitting lock Jack De Belin refuted any suggestion that the match was a dead rubber for his side.
"We got a lot to play for," he said.
"We've obviously got some legends leaving us and I think we're a lot better team than the results that have gone our way this year, so we'll be putting up a big fight."
The late season form of De Belin, who began the season with the Illawarra Cutters, was a rare positive in a forgettable season for Dragons fans.
The man charged with filling the void left by the Weyman is chomping at the bit for a crack at the Warriors forward pack.
"I can't wait," he said.
"They're are a big pack and I think they play their best footy when they play that free-flowing game with a lot of offloads, so we've really got to stop that roll on they get for their outside backs."
Prop Jack Stockwell also put the onus on the Dragons pack to get on top of the Warriors' big men.
"They're known for their second phase play so we've got to try and minimise that, wrap the ball up and dominate in tackles in defence," Stockwell said.
"We've got everything to play for, pride, club, the fans and we're playing at our home ground so we really want to show what we can do and finish on a good note."
The Warriors will be hoping to break a WIN Stadium hoodoo that's seen them winless in all their nine matches at the venue, and while interchange halfback Josh Drinkwater doesn't believe in hoodoos, he's determined to see the run continue this weekend.
"It's a big occasion for us: there's few greats from the Dragons leaving so we want to send them out on a high note and we want to knock the Warriors off, spoil the party so to speak for them and make them finish this weekend."
Drinkwater says shutting down Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson will be key to a Dragons win.
"He's a real quality playmaker, so we need to put as much pressure on him as we can, hopefully get in his head a bit. I think that'll go a long way to winning the game," he said.