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Matt Burgan  October 9, 2017 10:07 PM

Best and Fairest: Glen Bartlett President Glen Bartlett speaks at the 2017 Best and Fairest

CHAIRMAN Glen Bartlett says he is adamant Melbourne's list will deliver success.

Speaking at Crown Palladium on Monday night, Bartlett said there was plenty to like about 2017 despite a disappointing finish.

"When I do reflect on the year, there have been some great moments on the field - whether it’s the great win against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, our last second win against West Coast at Subiaco, our first win against the Saints since 2006, or whether it was watching the team play an exciting brand of football. Our performances this year, we showed why this group of young players can and will deliver sustained success that we are all after," he said.

"The club also showed great resilience this year, whether it's dealing with significant injuries or suspension or some of the personal challenges our players have faced - I have been really proud of our ability to work through adversity.

"And on that front, I would particularly like to acknowledge Jesse Hogan. Jesse, we are all very proud of you and marvel at the strength you’ve shown in what was a very difficult year for you."

Bartlett said there was no question Melbourne was on the right track.

"Our season this year shows how far we’ve come, but also how far we need to go to claim the ultimate success. We now really, really understand as a club that 'every moment matters' but as chairman I could not be more confident in our club. We have the very best people and that we will continue to drive excellence in our football department - and right across the club in every facet of what we do - to ensure we take this club back to where it belongs."

Bartlett said the fact that Melbourne missed out on finals by percentage was shattering.

"Ultimately we won 12 games and missed the finals by .05 percent, which is the smallest margin in the game’s history. I know our supporters were disappointed with how the season ended, and for me personally, I know we let an opportunity slip by," he said.

"I know that it burnt and burns everyone, particularly the players and the whole footy department. We need to look forward and continue to push up that mountain together."

"I was initially shattered to the point where I didn’t watch any of the normal footy shows or games for about a week. My partner Victoria suggested that I watch a few movies including the Godfather trilogy, which gave me a very different perspective on life and problems.

"However, once I took a few breaths, the break in football allowed me to read Jim Collins' famous book ‘Good to Great’ and in terms of where we are on our journey as a club, it gave me a lot of confidence in our direction. We just need to keep focused in playing our roles, and staying the path because I have great faith in the people - the collective - at our club that we will deliver sustained success for our members.

"The opportunity is now right in front of us but we know it just doesn’t happen. It takes a huge amount of effort from everyone across the whole club and we now really know ‘every moment matters’."