LISTEN: Players to take more of the onus for season 2019
AUSSIE RULES: Re-appointed BITS Saints A-grade coach Jake Mostert said he's excited what 2019 will offer.
More player responsibility and accountability on the training track are just a couple of the things to be consolidated next season.
Saints finished third this season and Mostert wants to build that base further, even if it doesn't mean to win a premiership.
"We built a good base on our game plan and we can build on it again in 2019," he said.
Mostert also added to his coaching credentials after he completed a level two coaching course.
He said wants the team to not just be reliant on the top-tier players.
"We need to focus a little bit more on building the craft of those guys and we can't expect the top 10 blokes to win all the footy," Mostert said.
"We need to build the confidence and the skills of the guys who are in the 'middle of the road'."
The second-year coach said the club has an abundance talented middle core of players and it's just a matter of them to get self-belief and play to the level of the top-tier of players.
Pre-season training has already commenced and the focus will be on skills, to build base fitness and decision-making exercises.
He noted that he has to change his coaching methodology a little.
"I think that I need to bring in more decision-making stuff," Mostert said.
"We did bits and pieces of that, but I was probably quite regimented like 'this is what we got to do' and probably didn't give the guys enough freedom to make those decisions."
Former Tasmanian State League Kingborough Tigers player Mark Jensen will be assistant coach.
Mostert said to have Jensen by his side will add tactical nous who had an outstanding second half of the 2018 season as a player.
"The guys were surprised how he performed he blew it out of the water and has a good footy brain."