GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron said the club’s young brigade are still on track to bring the club a premiership in the coming seasons.
The comments come after the Giants bowed out of a second straight preliminary final, following a 36-point loss to the Richmond Tigers.
It leaves the Giants, who were strongly favoured with win the flag earlier in the season, still searching for a maiden premiership.
Cameron said he was proud of the season the Giants put in.
"I said to our boys I'd prefer to playing in prelims every year because it means you've finished in the top four, which we have two years in a row, and you're playing in the second-last week in September," he said.
"Like every team, we'll lick our wounds and acknowledge that the opposition were better than us, but we need to improve to get back to this position next year.
"I'm confident that we've got a club that’s set up to continually play finals footy, but we've got to earn that right."
The Giants held the Tigers close throughout the first two quarters but Richmond broke away in the third for an ultimately insurmountable 31-point lead.
While disappointed, Cameron said the future is bright in western Sydney.
“We’re still a young team,” Cameron said.
“In the last five or six years, we’ve found that we’ve had some players come from other clubs, whereas for the first three years, we had no one want to come.
“But the improvement is going to come from the guys like Himmelberg, Perryman, Taranto, Coniglio, Shiel and Kelly – these guys haven’t even hit their prime yet.
“But you can’t just rattle off players that will improve, we have to go and earn the right to improve.”
He added that there was no real need to add more experienced players.
The match also marked the final game of Steve Johnson’s career and Cameron praised the legend’s impact on the team.
"He's a triple-premiership player who wanted to come to our club to see if he could help us take the next step,” he said.
"Clearly he's been hampered by his body over the last year but we like his spirit and that’s rubbed off on our players.
"He's been great for our footy club and he's taught us how to compete when things aren't going well for you."