Jamestown-Peterborough Football Club has been putting the hard yards in to try to set the club up for success in future seasons.
New coach Luke Sandland, who returned to the Magpies last season, said their pre-season had looked good with numbers averaging 20 at training.
Although, a couple of injuries late in the pre-season could impact the first few rounds.
"The young lads have been working pretty hard," he told The Flinders News.
"Skill work has been pretty high on the agenda.
"We've been doing a bit more work around actually having a game plan."
He said the game plan work mightn't be noticeable in the first month or so, but they are continuing to work on it.
"We want to get the A Grade back up there and be a competitive side in the competition," he said.
"In the long term, we want to get the club back to being strong, year in year out.
"As this season goes on, people in the league will see a big difference in the way we play.
"We will be able to be more competitive in long periods of the game."
The Magpies welcome a few new recruits this season and are hopeful to get a couple more in their squad.
Sandland said the side had a big clean-out at the end of last year.
"This year was about seeing who we could get," he said.
Wayne Slattery, an experienced ruckman, will pull on the black-and-white and comes to the club from Blyth Snowtown.
"That's something we definitely need," Sandland said of recruiting a new ruckman.
Andrew Parsons, a full-forward, comes to the Magpies from the Yorke Peninsula.
The club plays a trial game against BBH at Burra this weekend.
A Grade - Luke Sandland
B Grade - Adrian McCarthy
Senior Colts - Jamie Clapp
Junior Colts - Shannon Jaeschke