Perth will conduct a full review of football operations next month after a season that promised so much but delivered little for a club long starved of success.
A string of high-profile recruits over the past two years sparked excitement and raised fans' hopes that Perth's finals drought - now 16 years - would come to an end.
But the Demons will spend another finals series watching from the sidelines after their fate was sealed by a 15-point loss to flag favourites Claremont at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.
The Tigers rallied from a two-goal deficit at quarter time to prevail 14.12 (96) to 12.9 (81).
Perth's chief executive Marty Atkins said the club would conduct a thorough assessment and hoped to keep most of its coaching staff, but was yet to make a decision on the future of out-of-contract coach Damien McMahon.
Questions also hang over some of the Demons' big-name players, with captain Paul Bevan and livewire forward Kyle Reimers yet to commit beyond this season.
"We're not in an absolute rush but I think from a club point of view, if people can see that we're stable for next year I think it's going to be the best thing for the footy club," Atkins said.
"It's the first year we've had all our coaching staff together.
"Firstly, we've got to find out how many of those are wanting to stay.
"Hopefully they all do because if you can keep everybody in place it would be a positive."
Former AFL players Reimers, Bevan, Chance Bateman and Brennan Stack have given Perth a lift this season.
Bevan and Stack have combined to kick 100 goals, and look set to add to that tally in the Demons' last match of 2013, against South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.
Personal reasons may yet see Bevan and Reimers head back to the Eastern States, but former Hawthorn star Bateman, 32, has indicated his desire to play on.
Atkins did not expect the club to make too many changes to its playing squad over the off- season.
"Without doubt Chance Bateman's credentials as a person and a player would entice other people to come along when they see the changes that we've made this year," Atkins said.
"It's fantastic that he's decided to go on.
"One small positive of not playing finals is that you've got an extra four weeks to have a look at your squad and get on the front foot with regards to going to get players."
Saturday's loss to league leaders Claremont was Perth's fourth in as many weeks against teams in premiership contention.
The Demons were far from embarrassed, but were outclassed in the final term when the game was on the line.
Goals to Ian Richardson and Chad Jones early in the last quarter gave Claremont breathing space, before two successive set shots from the impressive Jake Murphy all but ended the contest.
Jones finished with three goals.
"We've had a tough last four weeks in relation to playing the top sides and it's certainly shown us that we've got some work to do in the off-season," Atkins said.
"But all in all, it's been a pretty positive year with some good foundations set for next year."
Stack continued his solid season to kick four goals, while Simon Tunbridge added two in a performance that illustrated his potential.… we've got some work to do in the off-season." *Marty Atkins *