Coach Paul Kelly believes the "unfinished business" the Swans have on the field will spur his side on leading into 2022.
The improving Tamworth outfit concluded their second consecutive regular season in second position on the AFL North West ladder in 2021.
It would have been the side's third consecutive finals campaign - including a grand final appearance last year - which came after a lengthy stretch of finals-less seasons throughout the 2010s.
But the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the season and with it any hopes of senior finals footy.
"I think a lot of blokes think of it as unfinished business, really, at the moment," Kelly said.
"We're stuck in no man's land at the moment and want to go that one step better."
The camaraderie will also help keep the group together, Kelly said.
"I think a lot of it is to do with the fact all the blokes are really good mates with each other," he said of the Swans.
"I think that keeps bringing them out so I'm pretty confident we should have pretty much close to the same team and hopefully we can snag a couple other players."
Like a number of other coaches, Kelly rates the 2021 season as one of, if not, the closest he's ever seen.
"There was never a game where you thought 'this is going to be an easy game'," Kelly said.
And his side's results throughout the season compared to years gone by buoyed Kelly's confidence moving forward.
"We never really got smashed off the park in any games," Kelly said.
"We had a couple close ones, a couple one pointers, a four pointer and I think there was another one under 10.
"That was a pretty good effort because most of those games we had really good players out so I thought generally the season was pretty good for us."
Looking ahead, Kelly will likely continue the Swans' regular off-season plans.
After a break, the Tamworth side will likely kick off some light sessions in November: "If we're allowed," Kelly said. "Just to get a footy in the hands."