Positioned for their best tilt at the Group Nine title in 30 years, the early end to the Group Nine season is a hard pill to swallow for Young.
And now being able to keep their team together is now their biggest challenge.
The Cherrypickers haven't claimed the title since 1991 but were one of only two sides to get the better of minor premiers Tumut this season.
Coach Nick Hall feels there is still plenty of unfinished business after the last two rounds and the whole of the finals series were unable to be played due to COVID restrictions.
"It is disappointing for the top five sides but not unexpected," Hall said.
"We realise there are wider community concerns and things in place so we're conscious of that but the coach in me, the player in me and the competitor in me is jealous, upset and disappointed."
Young had a big travelling contingent again this season with Mitch and Tyler Cornish, Blake Hewitt and Mick Dodson all coming over from Goulburn, Nic Hall is based in Canberra while Ben McAlpine is in Orange.
Hall is unsure how the abrupt end and incomplete season will weigh into their decision-making process for the 2022 season.
"We've been trying to take a more positive approach in recent years and be a little bit more prepared but the way this season went we've been focusing and gearing up a fair bit on the semis and players were doing something similar," Hall said.
"We've got a few blokes already signed up but the travellers aren't signed so we need to talk to them about moving forward.
"It is often a year-by-year thing as it is such a big effort and for those in their first year they were always going to measure it and see how it worked for them, how it worked for us and if it is sustainable with wives, partners and kids.
"Hanging on the top of that is the disappointment and the frustration and that unsatisfied feeling."
Hall is also yet to be locked in for a third straight season at the helm.
After previously coaching the club when still playing, Hall took Young to the preliminary final last season after returning to the role and the side was sitting in third before the lockdown hit.
After first linking with the club in 1998, Hall isn't going anywhere but what role he takes is yet to be determined.
He wants to make sure the club has the best leadership possible.
"I've told the club they should do their due diligence and explore good players and good coaches," he said.
"My first priority would be to coach as I love coaching and I Iove coaching the Cherrypickers but I also love the Cherrypickers enough that if someone great came to the table we really should talk to them."
Now that a decision on the season has been made, Hall anticipates the full focus will turn to 2022.
The majority of Group Nine clubs are yet to finalise their coaching structure for next season although Kangaroos have secured James Smart to replace Simon Woolford and Albury are looking for a replacement for Adrian Purtell.