BENALLA All Blacks coach Gil Ould says the club will try to lure past players back to the club this summer.
The Panthers have slipped from making finals last season to the bottom of the table this year, however, Ould said things weren’t as bad as they seemed.
He said the club’s future was in the Ovens and King league and that it was confident of charging back up the table next year.
“We’re going to be very active,” Ould said.
“We think that even though we’re in this area that has come under review, we’ll be able to get through it.
“We consistently have thirds and although the win-loss might not show it, we’ve got the numbers.
“We were a little behind the eight-ball when I came on last year.
“This time we’ll be trying to entice a few guys who have left for greener pastures to come back and there are a few others we’ll be targeting, too.”
The All Blacks, though, have more pressing concerns.
They will be out to snatch just their second win of the season when they host fellow struggler Tatong at home in the final round on Saturday.
“It has been a tough year for the lads and we’d certainly love a win,” Ould confessed.
“It’s been tough but the boys have come through with flying colours.
“We’ve learned a lot this season.
“The focus for us was to improve right up until round 18.”
Ould said the senior list made a vow midway through the season to not lose focus, despite the continued poor results.
“We didn’t want to fade away, and the boys, to their credit, have picked up the slack,” he said.
Ould, who recently re-signed as coach, said the Panthers needed to be switched on for all four quarters to be any chance of beating their local rivals.
Meanwhile, in other games, Tarrawingee’s clash with Glenrowan shapes as a finals preview with both teams locked inside the top four.
King Valley will be too good for Goorambat, Milawa too strong for Swanpool and Bright should head into the finals with a solid victory over Greta.
Moyhu and Whorouly are almost certain to play each other two weeks in a row, with an elimination final clash pending should the Hoppers win as expected.