Turvey Park believe they're on the right track for senior success in the wake of their incredible run of junior football premierships.
When the Bulldogs won last week's Under 17.5 grand final at Narrandera Sportsground, it was their third straight flag in the division.
It completed a stunning season of under-age success, after the junior club's clean sweep of Wagga and District Junior Football premierships, winning the Under 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s.
"I think we're in an extremely strong position, with a lot of talented young boys coming through, like Baxter Wallett and Angus Currie, for example," president Steve Stapleton said.
"We believe with the right coaching in place - and we believe we have that at this stage (in co-coaches Mark Carroll and Jeremy Sykes) - and maybe topping up with one or two key players, we think we're not looking for too much because we think we've already got it there."
For a club that looked on its knees four years ago, unable to field an under 17s in 2015, and with a senior team suffering through two winless seasons, it's the payoff for perseverance.
"It's probably years and years of excellent coaching and management from the junior club that finds the senior club in the situation we are now," Stapleton said.
Turvey's seniors finished sixth, with four wins from their last five games, including against eventual premiers Wagga Tigers at Robertson Oval.
"We finished with a lot of momentum and hopefully we can take that in to a positive pre-season and an excellent platform to build success on next year," Stapleton said.
There was some poetic justice too in Brad Burkinshaw coaching the Under 17.5 side to victory. For the man who stepped up to coach the club's seniors in their hour of need, it was a fitting reward that he claimed a first career premiership and remains a hands-on player after the rebuild.
"It's a lot better feeling than what it was," Burkinshaw said. "But it wasn't all bad back then. On field it didn't look real good but off-field we knew we were on the right track.
"But the club's strong now and we've stopped the flow of players leaving Turvey. A few years ago we had Turvey players playing all over the countryside."
Burkinshaw said it's a 'big thing' to have arrested that trend and believes the Bulldogs, with their turnaround and numbers at junior level, are a virtual blueprint for other clubs trying to find success.
Stapleton said the Under 17.5 premiership was particularly rewarding because the club elected to make its team strictly an Under 17s, with older players pushed up to seniors or reserves, to allow room for the graduates of last year's Under 15s.
"We needed to demonstrate that we were about player retention and prioritise retention over silverware success and we were fortunate enough to come away with both," he said.
Stapleton also insisted much of the credit for steering the club out of strife deserve to go to his predecessor, Neale Francis.
"Turvey Park didn't have an Under 17s side (four years ago) so they've done extemely well in the previous administration to keep the club afloat and recognise the need to develop and get the Under 17s back on track," Stapleton said.
"All kudos to Neale Francis and those at the club when he was president. I think they've done a tremendous job and the subsequent presidents and committees will benefit from the hard work done then, from here on."