Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich came within inches of the premiership cup today, but wasn't quite willing to pick it up just yet.
Since arriving in the AFL ahead of the 2000 season, the 31-year-old has compiled a resume which puts him in the company of some of the game's greats.
But despite six All-Australian nods and six best and fairests, premiership success has always proved elusive.
With the Dockers guaranteeing a top-four finish for just the second time in their history, the upcoming finals series represents the club's best chance of premiership success since losing a preliminary final to Sydney in 2006.
But Pavlich said while seeing the cup can make the mind wander, the Dockers under coach Ross Lyon have learned "one week at a time" is truly the only way forward.
"We're getting closer to the finals series but there's a huge amount of work to do yet," he said.
"We've got a game on Saturday first and then the real stuff starts. But it is getting exciting."
Speaking at Fremantle Oval, where the AFL premiership trophy was displayed as part of a tour around Australia, Pavlich added: "You don't really afford yourself too many opportunities to think that far ahead because it's negligent on behalf of an athlete that plays in the AFL.
"When you get this close to it you obviously have maybe a very brief moment, but we've got a job to do this weekend first then we'll start thinking about the next game after that."
The Dockers travel to Melbourne this Saturday to play St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in the final game of the regular season.
Sitting in third after last week's win over Port Adelaide, a top-two berth remains a small possibility if Brisbane can somehow upset second-placed Geelong at Simonds Stadium.If results go as expected, the Dockers are likely to face the Cats in a qualifying final in Melbourne the following week.