The last thing Tyson Goldsack wanted to go through became an antidote to his AFL grand final heartbreak.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley revealed last Friday that when they returned to pre-season training, one of the players' first tasks was to review the five-point loss to West Coast.
"When we were told we're going to do an individual review, I thought 'I don't really want to do that'," Goldsack said.
"I would have been pretty happy to just let that one slide. But when you get into it, it's back to work - you're going through it like it's a normal game."
Still, there were a few uncomfortable moments when Goldsack went over the video footage.
"Because it was such a close game, there was some 'well, maybe that cost us'," he said.
"But if you stay out of that train of thought, it was okay.
"You just work on the specifics and you take the review like you would if it was round 11 or 12.
"I purposefully forgot a lot of what happened but once you see it on the TV it all comes flooding back - some good, some not so good."
Goldsack said the process gave the team closure.
So far, it is a long way from Adelaide's spectacular implosion after their 2017 grand final loss.
"We haven't changed much from last year to this year and that's a telling sign," Goldsack said.
"The direction we took last year was positive and we've maintained that. There have been adjustments ... you tweak things, make them better, but there have been no drastic changes."
One encouraging change for Goldsack has been the recruitment of fellow key position player Jordan Roughead from the Western Bulldogs.
"Someone's going to have to take a spot off him at the moment, he's going really well," Goldsack said at last week's Melbourne Six Day track cycling event, where he was the ambassador.
He is among a growing group of AFL players who love watching the bikes.
But especially after several months of indoor cycling during his recovery from last year's knee reconstruction, Goldsack is not such a great fan of doing the activity himself.
"I don't love it but I love watching it," he said.
"When we're not as good at it, it's not as enjoyable."