Right now it may be painful to contemplate but Allen Christensen hopes Brisbane use the memory of their heartbreaking AFL finals exit to spur them on to greatness in 2020.
And the off contract forward is keeping his fingers crossed he will be along for the ride.
In a devastated Lions dressing room, Christensen, 28, looked like he was the hardest hit by the three-point semi-final loss to Greater Western Sydney that ended the Lions' fairytale season.
Christensen thought he had got Brisbane home when he kicked a goal that gave the hosts a three point lead and brought a fired up Gabba crowd to their feet with five minutes left on the clock.
However, Brent Daniels latched onto a Josh Kelly handball and skipped away two minutes later to boot the match-winner, booking GWS a preliminary final showdown with Collingwood.
While it hurt to have victory snatched away, the possibility of it also being his last game for Brisbane ensured Christensen battled to keep his emotions in check post-match.
"Personally I have a bit of contract stuff to work out. I love the group but I will wait and see," Christensen told AAP.
The last gasp loss was a cruel end to a season that promised so much for Brisbane - who remarkably turned around a 15th-placing in 2018 to finish second this year, contesting their first finals campaign in a decade.
But Christensen believed only good could come from it.
"It's shattering but hopefully the boys can harness this feeling and come back stronger," he said.
"We can't be a team that just rests on its laurels and thinks it is just going to happen next year.
"But I know the boys will come back next pre-season and be better because of this experience.
"And we were one kick away from a preliminary final; it's not all doom and gloom."
Christensen's journey at Brisbane has arguably been just as inspirational as the Lions' revival.
The former Geelong premiership player overcame multiple collarbone injuries over two seasons to not only earn a 2019 deal but also join the Lions' leadership group.
Christensen hoped that's where he would stay in 2020 - and possibly beyond.
"I have been through the horrible years when we were shocking defensively, so to be part of a competitive group now I really want to help this group grow," he said.
"Hopefully I am here next year and here for the long haul."
Australian Associated Press