Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale says he's not done improving and Saturday night's preliminary final loss to Geelong will only drive him to find another gear.
Neale fronted the media at Brisbane's South Bank beach on Monday afternoon off two-and-a-half hours sleep following his record-breaking win on Sunday night.
With his parents and their respective partners looking on, the Lions midfield ace had a warning for the rest of the competition.
"It's been a long road and I've had to work extremely hard and I'm not done yet either."
Neale said although he would not dwell on losing to the Cats so comprehensively, he would use the result as fuel to improve.
"It'll drive me," he said.
"I won't feel sorry for myself, we didn't deserve to win that game the way we played, we weren't good enough.
"I'll think about it for a bit.
"It'll drive me to hopefully win a prelim next year and get into the Big Dance.
"We've got a group that are hungry for that, they're talented enough, we've just got to do the hard work again to try and put ourselves in that position."
After finishing third in the 2019 Brownlow, Neale made a huge leap this season, most noticeably with his play forward of the centre circle.
He kicked 14 goals for the season and despite less playing time, averaged an extra 54 metres gained each match.
The 27-year-old said he would use the next few weeks to figure out where he could get better.
"I usually go through a bit of a process after each season to work that out over a period of time," he said.
"I'll sit down with Fages and midfield coach Dale Tapping and map out of my off-season, my pre-season and maybe pick up two or three things that I can add to my game and try and improve on."