Changes are coming to Melbourne City and captain Scott Jamieson wants the A-League club's talented crop of youngsters to stand up and be counted.
City's stop-start season ended on Sunday at Coopers Stadium with a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United.
Coach Warren Joyce will soon learn whether he will be offered a new deal to stay on at the underachieving club.
Beyond the coach’s future, there are many players coming out of contract that could leave.
Luke Brattan and Bart Schenkeveld will now consider offers in Asia and around the A-League, while goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic could retire.
Screenshots on social media appear to indicate Ritchie de Laet will also be leaving the club now too while Riley McGree is set to return to his Belgian parent club, Club Brugge.
I would like to thank everyone involved with @MelbourneCity the fans the players and the staff I’m really sorry we couldn’t achieve what we set out to do at the start but that aside I’ve had a great time wishing the club all the best for the future thank you— ritchie de laet (@de_laet_r) May 6, 2019
Jamieson, like striker Jamie Maclaren, is signed up for another two campaigns and believes the club can work with emerging talents like Ramy Najjarine, Connor Metcalfe and Idrus Abdulahi.
He singled out midfielder Metcalfe, 19, as a chance to be the club’s next breakout star after departed Socceroos winger Daniel Arzani.
“Connor for me, he’s going to be special. I don’t talk up players. I didn’t talk up Daniel last year but, for me, Connor, I rate him really highly,” Jamieson said.
"Connor has the attributes to really stamp his authority inside the A-League and then push on to bigger things."
City fielded seven teenagers this season, earning a reputation as the A-League’s repository for next big things.
But because of the queue to the seniors, they’ve lost Dylan Pierias and Josh Cavallo to expansion side Western United, with goalkeeper James Delianov possibly joining them.
Jamieson said he was eager to see young players take their place in the club’s first team if they put their heads down.
"The opportunity is there for the young boys. That’s been a bright spark," he said.
"In regards to hearing ’this league has to play youngsters’, I’m over it. Everyone has to earn their spot... That's up to them in the off-season to go and have a real crack.
"Come back and be the fittest that they can. Put their face in front of everyone else's and really stake a claim.”
On Sunday night, City had their chances against Adelaide only to fall to an 119th-minute strike from Ben Halloran.
"We truly had a belief ... we were going to do something and go deep in the finals series,” he said.
“To have lost and to have lost the way we did was even more so the knife getting turned in us.
“It’s black and white, we’ve lost, we haven’t met the standards we all set out to and ultimately we’re very disappointed.”