THE future of the Burnie Dockers remains bright with so much junior talent ready to come through, according to yesterday's losing coach Brent Plant.
Plant said several juniors were on the verge of becoming senior players in 2014 to carry on the foundations the club has set over the past three years.
"While we can't accept the result we copped today I think the club has a lot to look forward to," Plant said.
Plant, 50, has coached the Dockers for the past four years, taking them into consecutive grand finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Dockers were beaten by Launceston in 2011, reversed the result in 2012 and yesterday went down to South Launceston by nine points.
Plant gave no indication of his coaching future after the game and said he would wait for a week or two.
"In all fairness to the club they deserve to know as soon as possible to begin planning for the future," he said.
Plant said he had been offered the opportunity to coach again back in round seven and admitted he had changed his mind several times since.
But there is some increasing pressure for Plant to extend his coaching contract with the Dockers.
His co-captain Luke Shackleton has indicated he will play on again next year "on the proviso Planty is coach".
Plant has created a close affinity with his playing group and the exciting talent on the horizon has him enthusiastic so it would be no surprise if he agreed to an extension.
Plant paid credit to South Launceston for winning its first State League premiership.
"South Launceston put the pressure on us early and we were lucky they missed so many shots in the first quarter," he said.
"Then later in the game when we wanted to kick consecutive goals to try and break South they wouldn't allow us to do it."
Plant said Burnie had opportunities to win the game but failed to make the most of them and he then lamented a wasteful last quarter when his team kicked 2.5.
"We couldn't buy a goal ... Shackleton, McKenna and Banham ... they all missed," Plant said.