Wollongong captain Oscar Forman expects Tim Coenraad and Rhys Martin to step forward as team leaders in the wake of Glen Saville's retirement.
A two-time Olympian, Saville ended his 19-year career last season, which left a big hole in the starting three-spot.
Not only will the Hawks miss his playing talent, they lost a leader, on and off the court.
Coenraad was impressive in the pre-season and is vying for a starting position, along with newcomer Durrell Summers.
The 28-year-old is about to enter his fifth season and knows he will have to shoulder more responsibility as one of the team's young "veterans".
Ditto for 27-year-old Martin, who has five seasons under his belt with Wollongong after his debut with Brisbane in 2007-08.
"If all the older guys can push and be leaders, that's half the team," Forman said.
"We've spoken about it. It's not going to be one person.
"We're ready and primed to do it because we've been shown how to do it in previous years. Whether people were aware of it or not, Sav and Soup [retired former captain Mat Campbell] have been leading and teaching us how to do it.
"Not everyone can be a vocal leader but you can always lead by your actions - by busting your arse every day and dragging people with you. It's about finding your way to be a leader."
Wollongong's 'one in, all in' mentality doesn't just apply to their leadership.
Coach Gordie McLeod loves nothing more than seeing his team moving the ball through hands and sharing the attack workload.
"We can't just rely on one person," Forman said.
"We're a system-based team. We're not a 'throw it to one player and let him go to work' team."
The Hawks wrap up their pre-season schedule with tomorrow's game against Sydney at the Snakepit.
Tip-off is 3pm.
Wollongong fans will see off-season recruits Rotnei Clarke, Durrell Summers and Shane Harris-Tunks for the first time on home turf.
"People will be pleasantly surprised at how well Rotnei can shoot the ball," Hawks guard Rhys Martin said.
"It's good to have him there. He stretches the floor with his shooting range.
"I'm getting used to how he plays and where he wants the ball and things like that. It's been a good adjustment."
Wollongong play their first game of the 2013-14 season on the road against titleholders New Zealand on October 10.