Brad Singleton believes Wigan Warriors can be defined as a side by their response to last year's Grand Final heartache.
The forward says the Warriors have not discussed the drama that brought the curtain down on their 2020 campaign, with Jack Welsby's try ending the season in the cruellest way possible.
Inevitably, the Wigan squad is desperate to go one step further this year in an attempt to put those demons to bed and ensure there are no adverse effects from the adversity they faced together in Hull.
Singleton says that their response to the setback will be crucial in their progress as a team.
"I don't think you can discuss what happened," he said.
"It's hard to review a final because it has been and gone. It's about taking the positives and fixing the negatives. The ethos is to try and be better and go further next time.
"It's a case of it dictates how good of a side you are. If there is some sort of hangover, we're not where we want to be. For us, we focus on the task at hand. To improve on last year would be one step further. Within the side, the goal is to build on last year."
The Cumbrian, who proved to be an inspired mid-season recruit on the club's behalf after his arrival from Toronto Wolfpack, says he has no issue with the narrative of redemption being used in the media.
"I think in rugby league, it's a great sport and spectacle but it's not spoken about it enough. Anything that brings that up around the fans and media the better so I've no problem with that."
Before looking too far ahead, Singleton has warned that the Warriors mustn't disrespect the other teams in the competition.
"Wire have put themselves about a bit but there are other sides firing too.
"Throughout the whole competition, there are teams going well. It's a given Saints will be up there but there's Leeds, Hull have had a change of guard and there are clubs like Huddersfield too. There's a lot of competition."