BRIDGENORTH'S midfielder Chris Walker gave up playing soccer as a 17-year-old to try his hand at Aussie Rules football.
Thirteen years and 240 senior games later, the 30-year-old wingman will line up in the Parrots' side to play Hillwood tomorrow in the NTFA preliminary final at Youngtown.
"Club president Denis Broomby is my uncle and he coaxed me down to Bridgenorth to play footy," Walker said.
A finals' veteran who was part of the Parrots' 2010 premiership team, he is looking forward to taking on Hillwood tomorrow with the aim of qualifying for another grand final against Rocherlea the following week.
"I'm confident we should be able to win if we can stop their run and carry and obviously their two forwards in Chugg and Bennett," he said.
"Youngtown will probably suit them a bit more than Longford did when we beat them there a couple of weeks ago.
"Morale is good in the group but we're aware after losing last year's preliminary final to Bracknell that we can't afford to get ahead of ourselves."
Walker said he thought the Parrots could match the Sharks' leg speed, and their ball use and strong defence would give them an advantage.
"It will probably come down to our backline against their forward line - if we can do the job like we did last time we will go a long way towards winning," he said.