Dubbo CYMS may have brought in a number of new faces for the 2020 Group 11 season but the focus remains on long-term success.
The Fishies have confirmed the signings of Jack Kavanagh, Josh Merritt, and Claude Gordon but club officials have been equally thrilled to secure the services of a number of younger players.
A whole host of under 18s players from this year will move up to the senior grades next season and they will do so in green and white.
Those youngsters will now have access to even more experience following the off-season recruitment drive.
"The number one goal was to retain the juniors from last year and we've done that," CYMS chairman Mick Fraser said.
"There's a lot coming through the under 18s who could potentially play in the higher grade."
While new players have arrived, Fraser was quick to shoot down the rumours surrounding Cronulla Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya.
Bukuya, who won the 2019 State Championship with the Newtown Jets, had been linked with the Dubbo club but it has been dismissed as part of silly season whispers.
Bukuya or not, the competition for spots in the top grade side will be fierce in 2020 as the recruits bring proven quality to a side eager to wrestle the title back from the Wellington Cowboys.
Kavanagh, the brother of Group 11 premiership winners Lincoln and Wade, has returned to Dubbo and will bring real firepower to the forward pack.
The prop is a former St George Illawarra under 20s player while in more recent times he played for NSW Country under 23s during the 2018 tour of Papua New Guinea.
Now 24, Kavanagh has played club footy in Queensland with the Central Capras and Sunshine Coast Falcons while he starred for the Shellharbour Sharks in Group 7 the past two seasons, helping the side win a premiership in 2018.
He'll be tasked with leading the Fishies' forward pack in 2020, as Alex Ronayne's departure to take on the captain-coach's role at Macquarie has left a "massive" hole.
Fraser also pointed out Kavanagh's age, stating he is someone the side can build around for many seasons to come.
Merritt is also expected to take on a leading role following his arrival from the Nyngan Tigers.
The crafty five-eighth enjoyed a tremendous 2019 season with the Tigers, one which finished with a place in the Western Rams' side which played France last week.
Merritt brings a real attacking spark but he and Claude Gordon will create something of a selection headache for captain-coach Jarryn Powyer as the Fishies already possess the likes of Alex Bonham, Harry Kempston, and Tom Yeo who can play in the halves.
Gordon, the former Westside captain-coach who spent last season with Cowra in Group 10, returns to Dubbo to link up with a number of players he lined up with in the Googars side which contested the recent Koori Knockout.
Fraser also pointed to the return to fitness of a number of key players as another positive for the club.
A stack of players missed the odd game with niggling injuries last season while Brad Pickering and Hamish Astill missed much of 2019 due to knee injuries. They are expected to be back firing in 2020 after off-season surgery.