For 10 seasons, there has been no finals football for Adelaide United in the W-League but captain Emma Checker says that this could change.
The team in red are the only inaugural W-League side to not have made the top four in their history with their highest finish coming during the 2015/16 seasons where they finished fifth on 13 points.
However, this season there has been a significant change in the team and it's only showing in their results.
"We have a special group of girls this year. The team comradery is great, the culture has changed and we are heading in a good direction so if anything's going to change this is our year," Checker said.
The signing of American pair Veronica Latsko and Amber Brooks, former Canberra United forward Michelle Heyman and Icelandic duo Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir and Fanndís Friðriksdóttir has paid dividends for the team.
Adelaide currently sits in fourth on the ladder and are just two points behind leaders Melbourne Victory.
However, their season so far has been surprising for many and it could put them in the box seat to make their finals debut.
"For us, we are going into every game thinking we are good enough to win and I think for us now, finals are realistic," Check said.
"We are not going to accept anything less than that.
"We've spoken about it for a long time and I think for a lot of people none expected it was reasonable because we haven't done it before.
"Now I think we have proven we are good enough and now it's just a matter of keeping that consistency to the end of the season."
Adelaide's upcoming match against the Newcastle Jets could break a record for the earliest kick-off in the leagues history.
The match originally scheduled for 4:30pm on Sunday will now be played on Monday 31 December at 9:30am under the FFA Heat Policy.
"It's an odd time to play and prepare for but we just have to take it for what it is, it's out of our control," Checker said.