Western Force back Kyle Godwin has revealed that the team are bonding together again having lost their joint focus during a poor 2015 season.
The table didn't lie for the Force, who a year on from just missing out on the play-offs finished rock bottom, with only three wins from their 16 games.
As a result the squad have done plenty of soul searching during the off-season and prior to the start of the new campaign, Godwin feels that mentally the group are back on the right track.
The Force also employed the services of a leadership expert in Darren Harris, a former AFL assistant coach, who has combined well with head coach Michael Foley.
"One of the main things the boys picked out of it is we forget who we were – who we wanted to play for," Godwin told AAP.
"We lost that team culture of winning and losing together. That's something Foles is really implementing this year.
"A lot of stuff revolves around challenging each other on and off the field," Godwin said.
"When the boys are doing well, there's a big emphasis on giving them a pat on the back.
"Or when the boys are out of line, having the courage to call them out for the benefit of the team. [Harris] has been really building that team culture."
Godwin also hinted that the Force will be looking to open up their attack more in the coming season after producing the fewest tries in the 2015 season – 28 – at an average of 1.75 per game.
"Last year our ball wasn't quick enough, and we weren't playing with enough width," he added.
"We were very tight. Teams were able to read us quite easily. So they are some of the things we're implementing this year."