Golden Point looms as an early premiership favorite ahead of the 2020-21 Ballarat Cricket Association season.
The Pointies enjoyed a surging run to the 2019-20 BCA grand final, but were denied a shot at the flag due to COVID-19.
With most of last season's core intact, one has to fancy its chances in a season which will likely feature plenty of white-ball cricket.
"I think we learnt a bit from last year when we started slowly, but once the two-day format came around we came into our own" club captain Andrew Warrick said.
The club added former Darley batsman Lachie Herring to the line-up in the off-season. His addition softened the blow of departing opener Josh Pegg, however it now appears Pegg might remain at Golden Point a little longer.
The teenager was set play premier cricket in Melbourne this summer, but stage four lockdown is casting a cloud over metropolitan competitions.
While the club expects to lose him eventually, for now the teenager looks set to start the season as a Pointy.
"Obviously he will go to premier cricket if they have a season but there is still a chance we might have him," Warrick said.
Warrick said Herring would likely bat somewhere in the top four or five.
The club also employed the services of all-rounder Sam Younghusband. Warrick expected him to carve out a role in one of the top sides after coming over from Warrnambool.
"Lachie and Sam are really good, quality people. Regardless of what they bring to the table on the field, we are glad to bring in quality personal," Warrick said.
"Lachie has got a good relationship with a couple of the guys at the club. He's an experienced guy and played well for Darley over the last two years."
Meanwhile the club retained the services of Sri Lankan import Manjula De Zoysa for a fourth year, but lost wicket keeper Lachie Anderson, who is recovering from an ankle injury.
Warrick was unable to provide a timeline for recovery.
"He was such an important player in the semi final, we'll miss him," he said.
Up-and-comer Tom McKenzie looks set to get the nod as Anderson's replacement behind the stumps.
"He is a mature head and has been waiting for his opportunity. He'll do a fantastic job," Warrick said.