We have a very competitive team, our younger players are desperate to succeed, and guys like Jones surely know their chances of winning premierships are diminishing with each passing year.
However this will be the first year in a decade where we will be the hunted, rather than the hunters. Teams will be out to get us, they will put significant time into planning their matches against us. Suddenly we will be one of "the teams to beat". With that comes a lot of pressure, a lot more expectations, and harder matches.
If our boys can handle this pressure, then there is nothing to stop us from going all the way (injuries aside!). Last year the pressure was to make finals. We nearly failed under that pressure. However when finals came around, nobody expected much from us and we delivered. This year the expectations will be that we make a Grand Final, if not win one. That is a lot of pressure. We know how hard it is for teams to continuously stay successful.
It's going to be a fascinating season I reckon!