Departing Illawarra Stingrays coach Brett Wallin will step aside from the top job confident the club's future is in safe hands.
The gaffer is set to return to his position as technical director after taking the head coaching job midway through this campaign, but is adamant the Stingrays have the right ingredients.
Despite a 5-1 grand final drubbing at the hands of the star-powered Marconi Stallions, Wallin believes Illawarra's youth development will ensure the coming years are prosperous.
"I think not only on Sunday but the season this year we have blooded a lot of kids for the future," Wallin said.
"I think we are in a fantastic position as a club, there was five or six girls out there who will be the next generation of premiership winners that is for sure.
"We had five girls on the field at one stage who were in the under-16s grand final last year; one of them, Lucy Nolan, was in the under-14s grand final the previous year.
"They had the firepower and won on the day but we are going to win in the long run, there is no doubt about it."
Wallin will continue to oversee the development of the Stingrays' young talent as the club's technical director, but is unsure if he will engage in a more hands-on approach.
"I have thoughts if I will take a younger squad, I will think about that in the next month," Wallin said.
"I might take a role in the under 17s where I can foster that next group, because they are the ones who are going to be the next first graders."
Assistant and reserve grade coach Graham Shaw will move into the head coaching role and Wallin is confident he is right.
"Graham is a great guy with great football knowledge," Wallin said. "I have worked with him all this year and he has good ideas and he knows how to get the best out of the players. The girls already like him so he is not going to be coming into a place where he doesn't know anyone."
Shaw could have the difficult task of dealing with a changing side, with many of the club's senior players contemplating hanging up the boots.
His fiancee, Sarah Gollop, is a guaranteed loss moving into next season, but Wallin is hopeful many of the club's other veterans will stick around.
"I actually said to them, it would be nice if we could get another year with you guys mentoring the young ones," Wallin said.
"Graham is going to come in as the senior coach next year and for him it will help to have those senior players there as well. It will make his transition easier."
Positive signs for the Stingrays showed on Sunday when the under 14s ran out 3-0 victors over Football NSW Institute in their grand final.