Making an informed & educated evaluation of how this year has panned out I think you can come to the conclusion that this year has been a big bleep in our development.
We have been slowly but surely building a winning culture at the club with continued growth for 5+ years. I simply don't buy into this is who were are and where we belong given we really have been pushing for finals for the last 2-3 years with a VERY young list.
Having a record amount of off season surgeries is not an ideal way to start pre season. Only being able to get 12 players on the park for a session at the start of the year should also be cause for concern and indicates how underdone or players were.
Also being a young team we very much rely on confidence to get us through games, our confidence was absolutely shot by round 3 this year and there probably wasn't much hope in turning it around from there, especially with the injuries we were facing, just go back and look at how our backline lined up in the first few rounds.
I think the media really has given us a bit of a mulligan this year, given its clear our list is talented and even though our season is shot we have not dropped our heads and are getting ourselves into winning positions weekly.
However, 2020 there can be absolutely no excuses.
We will be starting our pre season early, our list is beginning to look healthy again. We will also be "blessed" with a top 5 pick that we would not have been planning for or expecting. This pick will get more elite talent through the doors or could be traded for more ready made players to help us make a push back to September next year.
As a previous poster mentioned, if we start next year 0-2 the pressure and media slagging will come down on the club and Goodwin like a brick [censored] house.