Sydney FC skipper Terry McFlynn says he and fellow Sky Blue veterans aren't threatened by the possibility of young new players coming into the A-League team next season.
Ian Crook was on Monday appointed as the Sky Blues' new head coach and his promotion from the youth team might also signal the elevation of some youngsters into the senior team.
With the coaching role filled, the club will shift its focus on recruiting new players, with Crook saying the process will begin this week.
But 31-year-old McFlynn insists the veterans in the squad aren't concerned.
"No (we're not threatened) not at all - that's progression," he said.
"We've got a hell of a lot of good players already at this club and we've got maybe five or six of them who will make that step up (from the youth side).
"And maybe three or four fresh faces will come into the first team too, and that's exciting... that's the future of the club."
Joel Chianese, who was last season promoted from the youth team in April to make his debut in the senior side, said Crook's appointment had given other youngsters hope they might also get their time in the sun.
"It's (Crook's appointment) really exciting for the younger players. They're probably thinking maybe they will get more of an opportunity," the 22-year-old said.
"But at the end of the day, he's got to get results because it's his job on the line as well."