Pre-Diggers & Dealers talk had pegged St Barbara as the most likely company to come out and announce a major deal during the forum.
"People were hoping for that - so was I!" Vassie told reporters on the sidelines of the event.
"I wanted to be Dealer of the year. That'll be next year."
Vassie declared at Diggers last year that the company was keen to transact and he said yesterday that was still the case.
"I'm working hard - I'm not at home often," he said.
"I'm going to be trying pretty hard, because it's the right time for us.
"It is absolutely the right time for us - our cash position, we're going well with Simberi.
"It's a really good inflection point for us. Over the course of the next 12 months, it will be most of what ...