It’s a pain that no footy player ever wants to feel but Western Bulldogs star Adam Treloar has admitted that losing the 2018 Grand Final will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The 28-year-old star is in his first season with the Western Bulldogs but he’s revealed the scars are still raw from losing the 2018 decider.
Having played for the GWS Giants during their early unsuccessful period, Treloar joined the Collingwood Magpies on a six-year deal in 2016.
But Treloar also signed a five-year $4.5m deal with the Bulldogs, with Collingwood needing to pay $1.5 m over the life of the deal.
And what he brings with him from his time with Collingwood is a determination to not lose another Grand Final, revealing he is still haunted by the loss in 2018.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360, Treloar revealed how tough the result was on him.
“It’s one I do look back fondly on, obviously playing in a Grand Final is something that you dream of being able to do,” he said. “Coming so close but feeling it so far, it will always hurt me, it will hurt me to the day that I die because we were up for pretty much the whole game and losing within two minutes of the game finishing. It still hurts me to this day”.
“I did promise myself that this time around, no matter what the result is, I’ll enjoy it a lot more because building up to the game and then playing out and then not having the result go your way, it was hard for me to reflect and really appreciate what us as a footy club had achieved at that time and what I had personally achieved that time considering the year that I’d had with injury and whatnot.
“In saying that, I don’t want to lose, I’ve had that feeling and I don’t want to lose, but I do want to enjoy every moment that I’m out there. Because when I’m old and I’m retired, I want to be able to talk to my own daughter and hopefully my own grandchildren about the experiences I went through and the fun that I had doing it at that same time.”