So much is the AFL grand final defeat burning Fremantle midfielder Ryan Crowley that he wishes the new season started right now.
Crowley, whose grand final blanket job on Sam Mitchell was so effective it should have come with a ransom note, took little solace in his own personal performance in the Dockers' 15-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday.
Instead, Crowley admitted to a "burning feeling" immediately afterwards, believing a flag which was within his side's grasp got away.
"It's still pretty raw at the moment," Crowley said.
"It's just burning at the moment - I'm trying to keep it together at the moment. But the first thing I thought (when the siren went) was I can't wait to get back into it again."
Yet again in a finals match, Crowley played his personal role to perfection.
Mitchell, who had just 12 touches, was added to an impressive list of finals scalps for the game's pre-eminent tagger.
Geelong's Steve Johnson and Sydney's Kieren Jack have also been shadowed and shut-out by Crowley in September.
Crowley lamented some early grand final nerves for both him and perhaps his teammates, which he felt may have proved the difference.
"I've been in the AFL system for 11 years and I was as nervous as hell - you can imagine what it must have been like for some of our younger guys," he said.
"I've never played in front of 100,000 ever. The nerves were there ... obviously it got to us a bit because we missed some shots we would have otherwise kicked (in the first quarter).
"Our structure started to fall apart in the first quarter ... that's probably the most disappointing part of it."But we'll learn plenty from it. If you don't come away with victory, you're always going to learn a lot."