THE Bendigo Gold has received a big vote of confidence after a dozen players re-committed to the club for next season.
Just days after chairman Tim Dickson announced the VFL club's survival, coach Aussie Jones released the first wave of players confirmed to return.
Best-and-fairest Alik Magin, captain Steve Stroobants and ball magnet Daniel Toman headline the re-signings.
Hard-nut Jake Aarts, ex-Box Hill Hawk Jackson Bolton and Bridgewater success story Alexander Pollock have also put pen to paper.
Former Bendigo Pioneers Riley McIvor, Jeremy Lambden, Ben Archard, Billy McInnes, Galen Munari and Jesse Collins will also be back for another taste of VFL.
"That's 12 (players) and it's basically early days," Bendigo coach Aussie Jones said.
"It's a mix of what we're after too. That's how we want our list to look.
"We've got the experience of Stroobs and Magin. The Pios guys have come through and re-committed...as well as some of the local kids.
"We need a big turnover, I reckon we need 18 or 20 and I reckon we'll get the 18 or 20 that we want."
Assistant coach Daniel Schmidt will be back next year, while the classy Tom Hams and solid defender Daniel McLinden are in talks to return.
About half of the Gold's squad next season will be returning players.
Jones, who has extended his contract until the end of 2015, continues to work on recruits for next season.
The St. Kilda champion hopes to unearth some quality players who are struggling to get a look-in at other VFL clubs.
"(Players) like Toman and Bolton are good performers that are probably an indication of what we'll do this year as well and offer guys that are at other VFL clubs and missing opportunities to come in and they will certainly strengthen our list," he said.
Recruiting will go into overdrive after the AFL drafts.
Alik Magin leads the Bendigo players who hope to be selected and then wouldn't play for the Gold next year.