After one of the most aggressive recruitment drives in recent history there were a lot of people out there that Lions pegged as top eight contenders easily.
We were going to boast one of the most potent midfield groups in the league.
It was going to be beautiful.
But then Pearce Hanley did himself a mischief and wound up needing 18 weeks or so to recover from hip surgery that revealed his hip to be even dodgier than initially thought.
Now our inspirational Captain, Tom Rockliff, is staring down the barrel of six weeks or so on the sideline after copping a Travis Varcoe knee last night that broke some ribs and punctured his lung.
Even with Dayne Beams, Mitch Robinson and Allen Christensen can the Lions cover the loss of two of the greatest ball winners in the league?
If the Lions are to ride out this storm until the return of Rockliff and Hanley all the young mozzies need to stand up and perform like they never have before.