Alex Witherden blames himself after
opponent Brent Daniels kicked the match-winning goal on him in Greater Western Sydney's three-point semi-final win over the Lions to close out Brisbane's 2019 season.
The passage of play saw Witherden drawn to a marking contest at half-forward, but when he couldn't impact, the speedy Daniels roved superbly and ran away to kick a memorable checkside goal.
"That week post, I felt kind of embarrassed, I felt like I let my teammates down, the supporters down," Witherden said.
"You sort of feel responsible because it's your opponent that kicks the winning goal. It was a tough week to get your head around it."
With Brisbane acquiring new recruits to strengthen the half-back line during the off-season, Witherden knows his spot is up for grabs in 2020.
"I've been lucky to play 50-odd games my first three years, we've got good competition for spots and I want to get myself in a position where you can only blame yourself if you're not getting picked," he said.
"I want to tick all the boxes, make sure I'm giving myself the absolute best opportunity to play every week. I'm confident if I can play my best footy, I'm good enough to be playing every week here."