Fans of Mininera and District Football League battler Woorndoo-Mortlake are full of optimism.
The Tigers are coming off one win last season but a new coach and a handful of new recruits has the future looking bright.
Ross Taylor has taken on the senior coaching job and his list of recruits is headed by former Camperdown ruckman Heath Moloney.
While Moloney made his name as a ruckman, Taylor said he may have a different role for the Tigers.
“We will probably use Heath at centre half-forward because last year we lacked a big target up forward,” the coach said.
“If we can get enough of the ball forward then it will give him the chance to cause some damage.”
Other recruits include Corey Mifsud who returns from playing in South Australia and will line up in the midfield.
Koroit onballer James Templeton has also made the move to the Tigers.
“The aim is to work our way up into the middle pack of teams and we think we can do that,” Taylor said.
“We haven’t talked about finals, we still have rebuilding to do and we will be looking to take some steps forward.”
The Mininera and District league season opens tomorrow with the Tigers up against Lismore-Derrinallum at Derrinallum.
Lismore Derrinallum was among a group of four teams ranked from fifth to eighth that were separated last season by just one game. Hawkesdale Macarthur ended up getting that last finals place before being knocked out in the elimination final.
The Eagles will be hoping to build on that with former Russells Creek player Danny Chatfield the new senior coach. The Eagles will host Penshurst in round one.
The highlight of round one will be the 2013 grand final replay between reigning premier Wickliffe Lake Bolac and Moyston Willaura.
In other games, Great Western will play Glenthompson Dunkeld, Tatyoon will play Ararat and SMW Rovers come up against Caramut.