New coach Tim Coyle is confident the Greater Northern Raiders can find plenty of candidates to follow in Jake Williams' footsteps.
The Westbury batsman remains the only Raiders player to graduate to the Tasmanian Second XI side which has prompted his move south to join Glenorchy.
However, Coyle, who was announced as Raiders' coaching director last week, believes others will make similar progress.
"We've lost Jake, who was probably our best young batter," he said.
"That's disappointing, but it's his choice and good luck to him.
"But we want to have more Northern players at that level and with no Futures League this season the pressure on grade cricket is immense.
"We want players to get into the Raiders program, play well, punch some good numbers and progress because those stepping stones are important and the first step is a healthy Raiders program."
With Williams joining fellow Cricket North products including South Launceston's Charlie Eastoe, Zac Towns, of Riverside, and Launceston's James Bowen at Glenorchy, the search is on to find their replacements.
Coyle, who cut his teeth coaching the North's future Test players like George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner and Alex Doolan, said the opportunity is there for others to follow.
"It's a blank canvas for me and I go in with an open attitude to who is going to be playing because I hope it's a team of the best XI players from the North and North-West. That's one of my big challenges."
Back living and working in Launceston, the three-time Sheffield Shield-winning Tassie Tigers coach was abreast of the North's emerging talent.
"James Beattie at South Launceston is a really good young prospect with the ball and Brodie Hayes from Burnie was our highest run-scorer last season," he said.
"Cooper Anthes showed some great signs at Riverside and is really challenging himself at the next level.
"The young wicket-keeper from Launceston, Sam Elliston-Buckley, was very good last year.
"Ollie Wood from Westbury is a solid player and playing at the next level will develop his cricket. He's an untapped talent and a player for the future."
Taking on the role of Northern Raiders director of coaching in the week of his 60th birthday, Coyle was similarly excited by the North's female prospects emerging under the re-signed leadership of Darren Simmonds and Robert Stewart.