Captain Brittany Ring believes the development of youth will be key as Albion Park's women aim to claim another premiership in 2021.
Park secured their seventh straight Football South Coast title when they beat University 2-0 in last October's Women's Division One grand final. The side lost plenty of talent before that campaign - including former captain Tenaya Davis - but surged to the top thanks to an injection of youth.
And as they kick off their season on Sunday against Woonona, these young guns will again be crucial to Park's fortunes.
"We're excited. We were ready to go round one, but we had the bye. We've had a good pre-season and we've been training since January. And it's good to start off against Woonona, we know what to expect against them. They're a tough team so they're going to come at us for 90 minutes. It will be a good challenge to start our season, for sure," Ring said.
"We retained most of our players this year. We only really lost our goalkeeper (Aleisha) Chessell, but we've replaced her with a pretty handy pick up (Meg Blanch) so we're looking good.
"We've only got a small first grade squad, but we'll be using some of our youth graders again. We used a fair few of them in the Bonnie Lassie (this year) and they did a good job getting us to the grand final. With half of our first grade squad missing, we were pretty happy with how our youth stepped up for us."
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However, Ring said Park still had aspirations for another premiership in 2021.
"For sure. We won the seventh in a row last year, but I'd love to win another one," the striker said.
"But we'll take the season game by game. The comp's got stronger again this year with all of the new teams coming in. So I think it's going to be exciting, a really close competition. But 'Macca' (coach Richard Davis) definitely keeps us grounded, so we'll see how it all pans out this year."