Sydney skipper Braith Anasta says the Roosters are more than capable of improving on last season’s efforts.
But the former Canterbury player, who is about to embark on his sixth season with the tricolours, thinks that overcoming the hype will be just as big a challenge.
“We finished sixth last season so there is plenty of improvement left in us,” Anasta said.
“The squad has hardly changed from then and we all have the same desires, we just need to work extra hard to go one step better.
“We have plenty to live up to and bigger goals to achieve. I think our balanced squad of youth and experience is key to ensuring we remain a force in 2011,” he said.
The 28-year-old, who won a premiership with the Bulldogs in 2004, says losing in the Grand Final was hard to take.
“Losing to the Dragons was tough but we have moved on,” the Dally M Captain of the Year said.
“We’ve come back to training with a fresh mind and when the rep boys join us after Christmas it will be all systems go.
“The experience we gained from last season was invaluable and hopeful it puts us ina good place from the beginning of next year. We need to get out of the blocks fast and keep pace with the top sides,” he said.