SOUTH Launceston big man Bart McCulloch won't be thinking about his AFL draft chances when he lines up in the State League grand final against Burnie tomorrow.
The 22-year-old former Brisbane recruit would love to get another shot at the big time after his first attempt was derailed by a persistent quad injury.
His consistent form this season has helped rekindle his AFL dream with an invitation to attend the player screening day in Melbourne after the grand final - but for McCulloch winning a grand final is what tomorrow is all about.
`` I would prefer to go out there and not get a kick and the team win, to playing a good game to impress recruiters and get beaten,'' he said.
``I know which one I would celebrate harder doing - it's about getting a win and that is our main focus.
``All the boys are excited - having the week off and feeling very fresh and ready to go and they just want to play the game and get it over and done with - so it can't come quick enough for us.''
With Burnie's Jason Laycock and Launceston's Nathan O'Donoghue past winners of the Baldock Medal for best on ground in a TSL grand final - McCulloch said he would do his best to stop Laycock from winning it for a second time but his main focus was on helping his team win.
``Obviously I will be trying to do everything I can to stop Jason and it's important that I do everything I can to help the team get over the line.
``It's been a strength of ours that we have a pretty tall forward line that can take some marks and some sides don't have the height to match that.
``I'll just play in multiple positions whether it be in the ruck or up forward - whatever helps the team best and stretch them at some point on the ground and help the team get the result.''
McCulloch admitted he would have some grand final nerves and said winning a premiership would be a fantastic feeling.
``I try not to think about the game too much during the week but I think what makes you nervous is worrying about the result,'' he said.
``So I think if you go away from that and start thinking about what is going to get you the result and what I have got to do to help the team win and focus on that.
``It's the premier competition in Tasmania and to ultimately being the premier side in the state would be a great achievement.
``I remember sitting here last year and watching Burnie win.
``We started working toward this last November for it to be a possibility- now it would be fantastic and would mean so much to the group.''