Star players Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich are determined to excel in the 2013-14 A-League season, according to Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.
Albanian striker Berisha and German midfielder Broich were two of the competition's most consistent talents as the Roar won successive A-League championships under Ange Postecoglou in 2010 and 2011.
They struggled to hit those heights under Rado Vidosic and his successor Mulvey last season, but the man charged with leading the club back to title contention likes what he has seen from the key duo so far in pre-season.
"What I can tell you about Thomas and Besart is that they are very, very focused individuals at the moment," Mulvey told Goal Australia.
"They've come back not only in great shape physically, but also great shape mentally.
"They are, like the rest of us, hurting from what was perceived as a poor season and actually was a poor season overall. They've come back determined to produce not just individually but collectively.
"I'm very confident that come the start of the season those two will be ready to go."
Mulvey took over from Vidosic in December 2012, and was able to arrest the team's poor form, guiding them to fifth spot on the table and a place in the finals.
After beating Adelaide away from home, they bowed out to premiers Western Sydney in the semi-finals, and Mulvey feels the failure to reach a third successive Grand Final is proving a powerful motivating factor for the squad.
"The pain of losing to Western Sydney is driving us in terms of our preparation for the new season," he said.
"In the off-season it's about recruitment, having a look [at players]. People resting, and rejuvenating the squad. That's what we've done, we've brought some new players in [and are] integrating them into the way we want to play.
"Having a full pre-season gives you the opportunity to bed those players into the system you want to play. But also to get the players focused on the task ahead. So far, so good."