GEELONG is confident it is a top-four prospect in 2016, president Colin Carter says.
Having secured Patrick Dangerfield, Lachie Henderson, Zac Smith and Scott Selwood in the off-season, the Cats have become the most talked-about team in the competition.
Carter told members at the club's AGM on Thursday night the upcoming season held great promise.
"We think our club is still a force to be reckoned with in the football competition," Carter said.
"We reckon we're a top-four prospect. We're not absolutely sure what we have got but we're pretty sure we have something special and it could be exceptional at some point.”
Cats coach Chris Scott said replenishing the talent on the list was a long-term process and he was relieved when the club landed some of the players it hoped to secure in the trade period.
He said the list now had enough players in the right age bracket to contend for several seasons, as the club had taken a long-term view.
"We're not shying away from the reality that there is a strong possibility that on Easter Monday in round one (against Hawthorn), we could have a third of a team, maybe a half of our team, that have not played much footy together at all," Scott said.
"That's exciting, it's a little uncertain.
"We're optimistic. We have got a lot of work to do to make sure the chemistry is there … we're not putting a ceiling on [what we can achieve].
"We're very optimistic but we're also aware of how difficult the competition is and have a lot of respect for the other teams out there."
Also on Thursday night, Cats CEO Brian Cook announced the club would embark on a fundraising initiative aimed at individuals of "high net worth" to finance the $5m contribution the club was making to the stage four redevelopment of Simonds Stadium, so it did not have to borrow further funds.