With a finals appearance no longer a realistic goal for the NSW Swifts, players are vying for their livelihoods on Saturday against premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning with contracts not yet finalised for next season.
The main focus for Swifts coach Briony Akle in the contracting period is keeping the side's young core together to ensure two seasons of under-achievement can help propel the side back to its former glory.
"[We need to be] instilling in the girls for these last couple of games and moving into pre-season that the legacy of this club is successful and that's what we want to build back up to," Akle said. "The legacy of the Swifts - we need to get back to being successful. Success to us is not just winning a couple of games in a season, it's about sustainable success over a whole period of time."
The Swifts are a mathematical chance at finals, but with the competition's new bonus point system the Swifts would need to take maximum points from the last two games, while just one of the two sides above it on the ladder would need to win three quarters from two fixtures to shut the Sydney side out.
The season is far from dead however, as when Super Netball was established two years ago contracts could only be signed until the end of the 2018 season - meaning every player's contract is up for renegotiation.
The Swifts are set to make some announcements next week, but Akle has made it clear the priority is keeping her "up-and-coming generation" - goal keeper Sarah Klau, 23, midcourter Maddy Proud, 24, and 22-year-old defender Maddy Turner - together.
Klau was recently named in the Australian Diamonds squad for the 2018 Quad Series and the Constellation Cup, something her domestic coach hopes shows the rest of the Swifts' young core what is possible and spur "more Swifties [to] follow in her path."
Former Swifts goal keeper and 2016 ANZ Championship player of the year Sharni Layton, who now plays for Collingwood Magpies, believes Klau can "absolutely be the best goal keeper in Australia."
"She has got everything that it takes to be the next best up-and-coming defender in regards to where she's at at the moment and it's up to her if she wants to make the most out of that - and at the moment she is," Layton said. "She's performing really well. I think she's thriving in that Swifts environment as I did back in the day and I hope not only for her but the rest of the goal keepers in Australia that they keep challenging."
James Lemon is a producer and reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.