After winning only one match in the last two Horsham District league seasons, Taylors Lake are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The arrival of three highly-touted recruits has enhanced an already positive atmosphere at the club ahead of the 2019 season.
Hezekiah Mccorry, Ricky Howard and Chris Griffiths arrived in Horsham last week and have already impressed on the training track with their athleticism and pin-point skills.
All three players come with impressive pedigree.
Howard, a midfielder, played representative football with Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup last season, while ruckman Mccorry and utility Griffiths played last season in the East Kimberly Football League.
Griffiths has also spent time with Swan Districts in the Western Australian Football League, while Mccorry played three games in the Northern Territory Football League with Southern Districts at the end of 2018.
Griffiths said the trio's initial focus upon arriving at Taylors Lake was to gel with their new teammates.
He said they were determined to help the Lakers become more competitive this season.
"It's been pretty cruisey at training so far, just building up the rep with the boys and getting to know everyone," Griffiths said.
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"Hopefully we can help lift the club up a bit this year. We're looking forward to it, I think it's going to be a really great year with the boys."
Mccorry and Griffiths have come from Western Australia, and while they have fitted in seamlessly on the football field, Mccorry said adapting to the Victorian climate was a more difficult transition.
"We're pretty excited - it's just the different weather down here, it's a fair bit cooler. That's the biggest issue so far," Mccorry said.
"It's a little bit about tapering everybody's expectations at the moment," Weatherson said. "We just have to focus on improvement and being a bit more consistent with our footy.
"I've said from the start we're coming from a long way off and it's going to be a long journey to get back."
Last year's coach and now player Jye Smith said it was rewarding to see the club heading in a positive direction.
"It's been a tough few years but we've just focused on trying to keep a good bunch of blokes together and keep enjoying our footy," Smith said.
"Credit to the boys even though it's been tough they've all signed back up, we haven't lost anyone - it's really good to see."