South Gawler looks set to be the big improver in season 2017, with a stellar recruiting display in the off-season.
South welcomed back a number of old heroes, including Aaron Bevis as it looks to improve on its sixth placed finish.
Paul Marschall and Brodie Hudson have also rejoined the Den.
However, it could be Jackson Press and new coach Chad O’Sullivan that could help South become a make or break side in the finals picture.
"We've got Jackson Press from WWT, he's played in a semi final last year, but missed out on the grand final," O’Sullivan said.
"He kicked 48 goals in 10 games, in the reserves of SANFL.
"He's a very good player, and he's looking forward to pulling on the blue and white jumper this weekend.”
The Lions are looking for a more attacking approach this year.
"We'll be an attacking football team, we’re just trying to implement a few new things, and hopefully they will work," O’Sullivan said.
"We’re just looking for a solid four quarter performance.
Tanunda will travel into the Den on Saturday to face South.
South Gawler left empty handed on grand final day once again last year, finishing the bridesmaids once more.
Coach Tara Gallarello said that running out games is crucial.
"I guess we need to work on our finishing, we just haven't finished off the grand finals, we've been right into it, but we just haven't finished," she said.
"We need to continue what we have been doing, but we need to change our mentality towardss the end, we've been right in the last few grand finals.”
South host Tanunda in round one, and Gallarello said the team need to get used to one another.
"It'll be interesting, we have a couple of players out, we've added some new players, again we've just got to get used to playing with each other," she said.