'I am not sure where it is written that just because you win a championship that it’s automatic that you can no longer be motivated enough to win another.' Photo: Getty Images
So I am led to believe that we are going to be ''hunted" this year. The Queensland Reds are going to be targeted, while also being so riddled with complacency and the good life that they are incapable of mustering a whimper let alone a sweat.
Going out there and playing rugby each week is just going to be just too hard for this group - it's a bridge too far - bring me another pina colada and get Big Kev a mojito from the wet bar.
Contrary to popular opinion, our young charges, whose average age is just 24, have not had their feet up. I am not sure where it is written that just because you win a championship that it's automatic that you can no longer be motivated enough to win another.
Where is the logic that players who have been at the wrong end of the competition for so long, then suddenly taste success, become so overcome with the situation that it's impossible to rally again? Let it be said that a souffle rises but once - but the Reds are not a souffle.
From where might this apparent complacency arise, I ask myself? No doubt it can come from within.
Cutting corners might be a ticket to the slow lane; intra-relationships may change; the motivational coach's speech might become a bit repetitious; the ability to think laterally and innovative may dry up; or the resistance to change may become prevalent. All these are possibilities but I don't concede these issues will automatically become a problem based on what was seen last year.
Externally, doomsday merchants are quick to suggest that winning the title was a fluke. To that I respond that winning 15 of 18 games was no fluke. The reality is turning a team around that won just three games only two years ago to 15 last year doesn't happen by accident. The unhappy say the Australian Conference was the weakest but at the final hurdle, against the Crusaders in the final, we were heavy underdogs and still won.
A lot has happened the past six months to make the idea of complacency a remote possibility at best. It's certainly folly in elite sports to make assumptions and leave things to chance.
Culturally, the Reds are set up to expect change, and that's exactly where we are right now. There has been a transformation, and we are different both on and off the field.
Two trial wins suggest that we have not become bogged down in our banana lounges and not a lot remains of the physical environment that the Reds became accustomed to and utilised to mount their successful campaign last year.
We had the opportunity to change the dynamics for the team and staff and create a new feel for the team - with greater efficiency and greater communication opportunities.
We'll be better for it, and already it's showing. There is nothing better in elite sport than finding a significant advantage, and it's not always about things you do on the field.
More of the same brings the possibility of others catching up. Doing nothing, not taking risks or not trying to be better are not part of our DNA.
Another pina colada please.