Following Lachie Ash being drafted and Shepparton Football Club coming close to going back-to-back this year in the Goulburn Valley League, the club is looking to getting back to the ultimate prize.
At preseason training on Wednesday night, new seniors coach Ramadan Yze said his young, 30-strong cohort are keen and “having a crack”.
“It’s been really good so far,” Yze said.
“This pre-Christmas period is about getting some work, conditioning and touch into them.”
The Bears fell short by a kick in the preliminary final this year, losing to Echuca 10.8 (68) to 10.14 (74).
Last year the Bears had GVL glory, but since losing Lachie Ash to Greater Western Sydney and some senior players retiring post-flag, it will be up to the next crop of players to fill the void.
When it came to senior players looking out for and young guns rising through the ranks, Yze said there were “too many to name”.
“We’ve had a pretty young group over the last few years and they’re hitting that 50-70 game mark, so they’re really ready to hit their straps now and there’s a whole group of them so we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“A couple of good teams like Ky and Echuca have got the big bodies so we’ve just got to be smart in the way we use the ball and how we come up against those sides.”
Yze said game plan chat would come after the Christmas break.
“For now, we’ll play those cards close to our chest,” he said.