Brisbane Roar coach Mel Andreatta wants to continue developing young talent as the hunt for a Championship.
The Queensland side fell at the semi-finals hurdle for the second consecutive season, this season to long-time rivals Sydney FC.
"It's a different feeling from last year," Andreatta said, referring to the 2-0 loss against Melbourne City.
Brisbane came into the season as the reigning Premiers but in a hotly contested battle for just a top-four spot, it has been a successful and in one ways than one.
This season, Roar had five players under the age of 18 make their W-League debut for the club including Anna Margraf, Hollie Palmer, Leah Davidson, Dani Ward and Indiah-Paige Riley.
All these players came through the U17 NTC Roar team, who were crowned the 2018 NPL Women's Queensland Champions during their first season in the competition.
Brisbane have long been about player development, and it helped them during the 2018/19 W-League season.
"I'm most proud of the development of the players. They've made contributions to our success," Andreatta said.
"We lost Katrina Gorry but our young midfielders stood up and to Katrina's credit she's been around the teams and influenced the young players.
"For the senior players, Jen and Allira pushing their case for Matildas selection at the Cup of Nations so I'm proud of that and their efforts to be better again this season and help us get into second."
Roar finished on 20 points, eight less than last season when they lifted the Premiership but it's nothing to frown on.
"That's no mean feat to finish second in this league in the regular season," Andreatta said.
While the next season is still a fair bit away, planning is set to start soon.
"We will keep doing what we're doing," she said.
"We will look to continue to give those young players the opportunity over winter. We will look to continue to give our senior players opportunities to keep progressing and being better.
"I'll keep looking and recruiting that X-Factor player who can help us win the Premiers plate again and a Championship."