Lions midfielder Mitch Robinson is hopeful that his side can feature in September next season.
Brisbane have endured an indifferent 2018 season, sitting 16th on the ladder but staying competitive all season amid a host of honourable losses.
And Robinson affirms that as the team continues to build synergy and the young players develop, the sky is the limit in 2019.
“We get told to be very positive at the club, but wary of what you say about your future plans,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“But I honestly believe we can play finals next year.
“We had Charlie Cameron who went out pretty early in the season with injury, he’s a massive inclusion for next year.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what we’re going to the table with this year in terms of trades or securing more mature players.
“I’m genuinely excited about getting another preseason into our younger blokes like Hugh McCluggage, Jarrod Berry, Eric Hipwood and those type of fellas.
“As you have seen this year, those younger players who are top 10 draft picks have really shown what they’re capable of.
“If we can build our organisation around those blokes and get a lot of positivity around the group, I think can definitely play finals next year.”
Brisbane have not played finals since 2009, but two wins over the revitalised Hawks this season proves how good their best is.
They will aim to claim their fifth win of the season this Saturday night when they meet the Suns in the QClash at Metricon Stadium.