Sydney FC have always been among the contenders in the four years since they last won the W-League and the chance to make the difference between being one of the pack and champions was too good to refuse for Lisa De Vanna.
The veteran Matildas striker joined the Sky Blues this week to be reunited with former national team assistant coach Ante Juric and to be part of a squad she believes can overcome that final hurdle that has tripped them up in recent years.
Sydney qualified for the last four finals series but only managed to reach the grand final once. With internationals Amy Harrison, Teresa Polias, Caitlin Cooper and Princess Ibini on board, De Vanna was confident the Sky Blues would be contenders once more, but joined to add that extra firepower that could prove the difference.
"They've probably been in every final but they haven't tipped that off with the execution of getting that grand final [victory]," she said.
While high-spending Melbourne City will enter the season as favourites again, De Vanna said just one or two additions could see Sydney pip them to the title.
"I think if you have good players and a good coach then anything can happen," she said. "As the season goes on and you can recruit a couple of key players in a team, it can make a big difference if you can get the culture right and put the belief in the team.
"I think the self belief and support you have takes it to a different level."