East Perth co-captain Craig Wulff says he is confident most of his teammates will stick around next season for another crack at a premiership, despite the club's looming full-time alignment with West Coast.
But he was not so sure about his own future, saying he had not given it much thought.
"I'm definitely still chasing (a premiership), but we'll have to see how I pull up," Wulff said.
"Whether I go on or not, I'm not sure."
The Royals were unable to become the first club in 48 years to win the premiership from fourth place when they were overrun by a West Perth side Wulff said was hungrier for the contest.
The Falcons finished power-fully after only leading by 11 points at both half-time and three-quarter time.
Wulff has been one of the Royals' most consistent performers over his 11 years at the club and it was no different yesterday, with the 30-year-old amassing 24 disposals, six tackles and a goal.
Fellow co-captain Brendan Lee, Mat Seal and ruckman Paul Johnson were other Royals to impress.
"They (West Perth) were just better on the day, they played the conditions better, they wanted it a bit more and I think they were a bit fresher than us," Wulff said.
"The score was close enough at half-time, but I thought they were still on top.
"The scoreboard probably didn't represent it but I thought their pressure was better than ours from the start.
"I knew that if we stuck in it long enough we'd be a chance but in the end their pressure was just far, far better than ours."
East Perth are facing an overhaul for next season's amalgamation with the Eagles, with rivals set to woo several stars, including Bernie Naylor medallist Josh Smith and Johnson.
Yesterday's team featured five Eagles-listed players - Adam Selwood, Jamie Cripps, Scott Lycett, Blayne Wilson and Cale Morton - but that number is set to swell in 2014.
Wulff said having come so close to a flag would be a great carrot for players.
"I don't think it will change too much," he said.
"We've got a number of Eagles players at our club now and they all come down with the right attitude, so I can't see it being much different.
"I'm pretty confident they will (stick around)."
Yesterday's game was Wulff's first grand final appearance in his 223-game career.It was the culmination of a brilliant two years in which he has played two State games, captained WA against South Aust- ralia, finished runner-up in the club best and fairest and was promoted to Royals co-captain.