Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow says he was left feeling empty and hollow after the Dockers preliminary final exit against Hawthorn in 2015.
Barlow's form fluctuated all season long, and he came close to being dropped from the finals given his form was, to be fair, the worst of his career.
Previous to the 2015 season, Barlow averaged 25 disposals per game in seven finals appearances, but managed to average just the 17 over the two finals this season.
"My finals series wasn't great," Barlow said while speaking to afl.com.au
"I was really empty and hollow on a personal note, as well as a collective.
"The team obviously comes first and we didn't get to the Grand Final and give ourselves a chance of winning that elusive premiership.
"You walk off and feel really empty that you haven't contributed to your full potential.
"I knew I had more to offer and in the finals I like to pride myself on playing well in big games and probably failed to deliver.
"But I can't change that. All I can do is give myself the best opportunity to come out and contribute for a long season ahead."
Barlow has worked hard over the pre-season to get himself into peak condition, where he finished third in the team's time trial behind Tendai Mzungu.