LEOPOLD coach Steve Clark says most of his senior list has committed to next season in the wake of yesterday's finals exit.
After his side's 73-point loss to Bell Park, Clarke seemed confident of better things to come, with a host of senior players returning to full fitness.
"The whole playing group has recommitted and we've got some really good junior players coming through," Clark said.
"You then have to add on our injured 10 or so stars Sam Calder, Luke Moore, Jake Roberts, Jarron Booth, Nathan Storer and even Guy O'Keefe and if all things go well over the pre-season then we look to field a match-winning line-up next season.
"I wanted to continue coaching as I think there is a lot of upside in this group and we will improve on what we have achieved this year, however pre-season is our number one focus now."
Leopold's 2012 premiership campaign was cut short during the third quarter against Bell Park after their desperation, showcased during the final three rounds of the season, was dismantled by the Dragons dominating the inside-50 count.
The Lions went in to the match having won both encounters against the reigning premiers this year, including the Round 18 battle that decided the finals structure only eight days previously.
But Clark knew those results meant nothing.
"I said right from the start that our previous two games were only decided by a few goals and could have gone either way so we certainly didn't think we had the mental edge in any way, shape or form," Clark said.
"It was a new game and today we simply missed too many targets and they got us on the transition.