Newcastle are fourth on the NRL ladder, but second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon knows all too well how quickly finals football can evaporate.
In round 15 last season, the Knights were sitting fifth on the table, having beaten Brisbane, South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters in the preceding weeks.
On track for their first finals appearance since 2013, the Knights spluttered through the rest of the season, losing all but two of their last 10 games to miss the top eight by three points.
It's a harsh lesson to learn, but Fitzgibbon is wary of letting it happen again in 2020.
"For me personally and for a couple of boys who were here last year, we can learn a lesson to not get ahead of ourselves," he said on Monday.
"We've had a good first block now and we've got to finish it off in the last 10 weeks.
"It's about playing consistent every week, and it's a cliche, but not getting ahead of ourselves."
The Knights had a scare against the Rabbitohs on Saturday night after leading 20-0 and letting in three tries in the final 15 minutes to go within two points of blowing the game.
Ahead of Sunday's clash with Canterbury at McDonald Jones Stadium, Fitzgibbon said the team owed it to the city to play well in front of home fans.
And personally, to take another step towards his dream of playing finals football.
"For the last few years, one of my main goals is I want to play finals footy and, obviously, I haven't managed to achieve that yet," he said.
"It'd be a big thing for not only myself but for the club for the times in the past and things we've been through leading into this season.
"It's been building for at least a couple of years now.
"If we did get in there, it'd be exciting times not just for the town but for the club."