Co-captain of a Carlton AFL team who have teased with their potential, Patrick Cripps is keen to see those moments turn into results in 2020.
The Blues are in the thick of their first pre-season under David Teague. They won six of their 11 games in 2019 after he took the reins - initially as caretaker coach.
"You play footy to win the ultimate prize, so you want to be playing finals footy," Cripps said on Tuesday.
"We're all competitive players who want to get the best out of the team and individuals, so we want to get there - whether you can get there this year, you never know.
"I know it's the cliched thing but you do take it week by week in footy and we saw from how far we went from mid-year to the end of the season, how much momentum we took off week-to-week and what we built on.
"We don't know how far we're going to get this year and that's the exciting part."
Co-captain Sam Docherty said the Blues were thriving on Teague's hands-off approach to the pre-season.
"The thing that's impressed me since coming back is he's not really coming down and telling us what to do - he's letting us develop the way we play our footy out there," he said.
"There's obviously some opinions of the way the coaches want us to play but, rather than telling us, they're letting us feel - they're putting (in) the environments to let us solve situations, so it's exciting to see what our brand's gonna end up as."
Cripps said the players were relishing Eddie Betts' Carlton return, while exciting forward Charlie Curnow was keen to deliver after having minor knee surgery following an injury-ridden 2019.
Cripps was on hand when Curnow injured his knee in October in a casual basketball game and said the 22-year-old would be back running in the next two weeks.
"I felt for him at the time because he was so motivated at the time to prove a lot of people wrong about last year," Cripps said.
"And the best of Charlie, we haven't seen that yet - it's going to be pretty scary when we do see it - but he came back in ripping nick off the back of hardly moving over the break with his knee. So that shows to me that he's determined as ever to prove, I suppose, a lot of people wrong.
"But he's in high spirits and we know the Curnow boys are always up and about so I can't wait to see him and I don't think it'll affect his season at all."
Australian Associated Press