South Rovers have farewelled some of their experienced players but coach Luke Kenna believes it's far from doom and gloom for the club.
The Warrnambool and District league club has already re-signed its top-three vote-getters from its best and fairest - Sandy Williams, Kurt Lenehan and Sam Wilde - and added a host of youth ready to make the step up to senior football.
Aiden Grant (Old Collegians), Bailey Grant, Lachie Cook, Archie Laidler, Kye Brereton, Riley Mentha, Sam Barker (all Warrnambool) and Cooper Elliott (North Warrnambool Eagles) have all joined the Lions and will be hoping to make an impact at the senior level.
"We identified we needed to fill our numbers a little bit," Kenna told The Standard.
"We were sort of losing a few older ones. It's a bit unknown but a good chunk of them played in the under 18s premiership at Warrnambool. So they're obviously good players, there's a bit of upside.
"They haven't probably been tested at senior level but I'd be thinking most of them would be in our round one side so that's exciting."
The side, which finished seventh last year, have also welcomed former Lion Ned Lourey and 2019 Merrivale under 18 premiership player Bryden Jubb.
The Lions began pre-season training on Monday, November 27 with a healthy number of players turning out.
"Apparently it was more than they've had the last few years for their first night, so that was good," Kenna said.
Kenna said the club was hoping to sign "a couple of experienced players" ahead of the season to strengthen the side's list and combine with its talented youth.
He said he was "pretty excited" to see what the season would bring.
"In a way there's not huge expectations so everything is a bonus," he said.
"Obviously we want to win some games of footy."