Sydney FC's mega W-League spending spree has seen them recruit some of the league's best talent from rival NSW clubs.
You could have lifted Clare Wheeler, Cortnee Vine and Jada Whyman right out of a Dream XI of the best performing youngsters last season.
But now the delightful trio will just be further notches in the Sydney FC W-League belt, with the trio set to join Taylor Ray, Angelique Hristodoulou, Princess Ibini, Ally Green and more when they line up in Sky Blue next season.
It's hard to tell which of Sydney's two NSW rivals will be hit hardest. Vine and Whyman were two of the most promising in the youth-packed Western Sydney Wanderers line up that nearly broke the City-Sydney dominance last season.
But Wheeler was one of the sole leading lights in Newcastle Jets' new development-centric club ethos. If the Novocastrians can't even keep their best young talent for more than a season or two, how they can ever hope to build a competitive side is beyond us.
This certainly isn't Ante Juric's problem though. After near misses to the even-bigger spending Melbourne City outfit, he has only one focus - breaking the Melbourne deadlock, however he can.
The trio's contracts and the extension of Teresa Polias amounts to a significant investment by the Dub giants, but it will still likely pale to the sums paid to departing Alanna Kennedy and Chloe Logarzo.
More money for the nation's best youth. The W-League's moving in a development direction and Sydney are leading the charge.
“Personally, I have always wanted to showcase the best of our Australian talent in the W-League and give up and coming talent a chance to shine with an opportunity to debut and play in the league,” the Sydney boss said.
“It is a youthful team and at this stage an Australian based squad, which is exciting for me, and exciting for the players.
"We always set ourselves high standards and have high expectations as a team and this season will be no different.”