After helping NSW bring home the shield from the Touch Football State of Origin series, Paul Brady had an overarching feeling after the triumph - relief.
Relief that he could compete at that level. Relief that he did his job. Relief that his 40s team played their part.
The NSW men's 40s won their first two games before going down in the third against Queensland.
And along with all that, there was also plenty of excitement and now the desire to play on that stage is burning as much as ever for Brady.
"First and foremost to establish myself as a player in the NSW side for years to come," Brady said when asked what his next goal would be.
"As I said, part of the relief I suppose, was actually getting there and doing what is expected at that level and knowing I can do that.
"It's a higher standard of touch, the calibre of the players is exceptionally good right across the park. There's no weak links."
Brady, who is also a Northern Eagles representative player, will take everything he learned from the State of Origin series "and expand on that" with bigger goals an aim further down the track.
"If I could get a green and gold jersey to play for Australia - that be the ultimate," Brady said.
"At a Trans-Tasman [Test Series] or a World Cup. There's a World Cup in 2023 and it'd be awesome to be part of something like that."
The Gunnedah Touch Association president played in the middle at the origin series at Coffs Harbour as "more of a worker" to help set up attacking raids for outside players.
While Brady wants to establish himself in the NSW set-up, which team that would be in could change.
If he gets chosen again in 2022, it could be in the 40s or the 45s as he will eligible for both next year.
"I think I'm fit enough and moving well enough to stay in the 40s but if that's [45s] where they want me, I don't mind to be honest. I'll take a blue jersey wherever I can get it," Brady said.