Melbourne coach Mark Neeld has promised to be ruthless in the post-mortem of his team's 2012 campaign.
The Demons only managed four wins under the former Collingwood assistant and will finish the season in 16th spot on the ladder, above only the competition's two newest clubs - Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney.
Melbourne finished their disappointing season in a drab 61-point defeat to a finals-bound Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.
And Neeld said it had been a challenging season but the club was now faced with an opportunity to improve.
"We've got the opportunity now to be ruthless of our analysis of our own list plus any other players that we think can come in and help us move forward and that's where we're at," he said.
"The successful clubs that play good finals football and maintain a solid culture to stay in the finals, they're ruthless clubs and that's something we want to turn our club into.
"It's certainly something that doesn't happen overnight, that's obvious, but it's something we want to be.
"It takes a little bit of time, but we've got opportunity to make some ground on that now and we'll take it."
Melbourne set the tone for their season when they named Jack Trengove, 20, as one of their co-captains alongside Jack Grimes, 23, with Trengove becoming the youngest skipper in VFL/AFL history.
And Neeld said the experience of the team reflected the season's performance.
"We're very much a team in a development phase," he said.
"There's some realities and experience plays a massive part in AFL footy.
"There's only been three games this year where we've fielded a team more experienced than the opposition. So that's to be taken into account.
"We're still back with working with players training consistently at AFL elite standard. That's the experience of our group."
One of the Demons most senior players Brent Moloney becomes a restricted free-agent at the end of the season but Neeld would not be drawn into speculation about the 28-year-old's future or that of any other player.
"(Moloney) along with all of our 46 players we'll meet with this week and we'll sit down and go through a thorough review of his season like everybody else's season and that process we'll start Monday morning," Neeld said.