The Corowa-Rutherglen Football Club is hoping to break its 38-game losing streak this season which returns Easter weekend.
New coach Marc Almond has shored up their list with a host of returning players including Dylan Cork, Dean Druce and Jamie Seymour.
Roos have also recruited former Goulburn valley star Shaun Huy and a ruckman from Kilmore, James Atkinson who will join Cody Parker from Rutherglen, Brendan Morris from Rutherglen, Angus Lingham from Wahgunyah.
Almond said excitement was building with some of the new and old faces at the club.
“We tried to recruit some ex-players back, which we were lucky to do,” he said.
“We have had some reasonable luck with recruitment. We have lost a few young guys away to uni, which we knew at the end of last year that they were going.
“Our numbers have improved, there’s no question about that, but will still have some ways to go to get two groups to play every week.”
The Roos struggled to attract players last season with more than 120 individual players used across the senior and reserve grades.
Almond said there was no magic fix.
“We are just trying to create an environment where they feel as though they are improving week to week,” he said.
“It’s about building (this club) over a couple of years and not trying to fix this overnight.”
If winning a game was purely motivation then the Roos would have it in the bag.
“I am happy with their energy levels, it’s great,” Almond said.
“If you come down (to training) and you didn’t know we had lost 38 games in a row, you wouldn’t pick it.
“They turn up eager to please and learn and, from a motivational point of view, I haven’t had to do a lot, they have done it themselves and it’s a credit to the playing group.”
Last season the Roos struggled to get nine players at training but now at preseason they are getting up to 27 at times.
“It’s definitely really exciting around the club at the moment, but on that we have a lot of work to do for where we need to go,” Almond said.
“We are putting the pieces together, but it is going to take time and we want to be clear that this is not going to be fixed overnight.
“We feel the stepping stones and the foundations we have put in place will hold us up over the next year or two.”
Head Netball Coach Georgie Bruce is also looking forward to the upcoming season.
“We are having a great preseason and we’ve recruited many strong players from other leagues and clubs within the Ovens and Murray,” she said.
“The junior girls are coming up into some of the senior sides this year, which will be great.”
While the senior side missed out on finals by two points last season they are hoping their stronger line-up will help them in their quest to play finals this year.
The club is gearing up for a pre-season launch on March 3 at the Corowa Rowing Sheds.
Supporters and members are invited to dine on the banks of the Murray River, sit back and enjoy some live music while meeting the coaches and players.
The event is $25 a head for a two-course meal and the bar is open from 6.30pm.
Drinks at bar prices.
For tickets visit https://shop.corowarutherglenfnc.com.au
Other events the club is looking forward to this year include the Annual Black Tie Ball on May 5 to be held at the Corowa Golf Club, a Father Son Night on June 30 with Hawthorn legends Peter and Paul Hudson as guest speakers, and a 50th Reunion of the Spiders Football Premiership win on August 18.